MsC 735

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1946 and undated
2 ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: April 2003

Tom Yoseloff

Acquisition Note: Thomas Yoseloff donated these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries beginning in 1946.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Thomas Yoseloff was born on September 8, 1913, in Sioux City, Iowa, and traveled gradually eastward, reaching Spirit Lake, Iowa, at the age of seven, Mason City, Iowa, at the age of twelve, and becoming a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Iowa at the age of twenty. In Iowa City he was managing editor of The Daily Iowan while he pursued his graduate studies. He did not finish, however, and in April 1935 he resumed his eastward migration before receiving his advanced degree, leaving with a brace of undergraduate prizes in journalism and debating.

He wrote articles for various newspapers, including the New York Times and the Omaha World Herald, and gathered news for two small Florida dailies, the Fort Lauderdale Daily News and the Daytona Sun Beach Record. Returning to New York, he began a career in book publishing, and became president of the publishing firm of Bernard Ackerman, Inc. He is the co-author of a children's version of The Merry Adventures of Til Eulenspiegel, and he edited a symposium entitled Seven Poets in Search of an Answer. He also published an autobiographical work, The Time of My Life.

In 1954 he acquired The Golden Cockerel Press. He was also founder of Associated University Presses.

Thomas Yoseloff died on December 24, 2007.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various drafts of two manuscripts, A Fellow of Infinite Jest and The Time of My Life. In 2008, an addendum more than doubled the size of this collection. This addendum consists of notebooks of columns and articles written by Yoseloff, mostly for the Daily Iowan, but there are some from unidentified newspapers. Also included are issues of The Pulse (the Mason City High School newspaper); some editions of The Masonian (Mason City High yearbook); two issues of Campus Crax, from Mason City Junior College; other writings by Yoseloff, and miscellaneous other items, including a series of photographs from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Speakers at the University of Iowa.

Related Materials

Special Collections at Bucknell University has the Thomas Yoseloff Golden Cockerel Press Collection.

See the vertical file for The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Speakers at University Clubs and Organizations

See the vertical file in the Frederick W. Kent Collection of Photographs for The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Speakers

The 1935 Hawkeye Annual has several photographs of Yoseloff.


Box 1

A Fellow of Infinite Jest (published in 1945)

Correspondence, 1946

Original draft (2 folders)

Printer's copy. Typescript with revisions (2 folders)

The Time of My Life (published in 1979)

Typescript with corrections and revisions

First galley proof. In Oversized Box 1

Complete blues and camera copy. In packet on Oversized shelf

2008 Addendum

Series I: Writings

Newspaper articles and columns

These are articles clipped from the newspaper and arranged in scrapbooks presumably assembled by Mr. Yoseloff. They are roughly chronological with some overlap in dates.

Daily Iowan

October 14, 1932-March 12, 1933

May 30, 1933-July 6, 1933

July 1933-August 1933

August 18, 1933-September 22, 1933

September 23, 1933-December 26, 1933

November 28, 1933-February 15, 1934

March 13, 1933-November 23, 1934

May 1 [1934?]-June 30, 1934

July 1, 1934-August 17, 1934

August 18, 1934-October 31, 1934

November 1934-Jaunary 1935

February 1, 1935-April 13, 1935

no year

Fort Lauderdale Daily News

March 1934-June 1934

Box 2

Unidentified newspapers

September 20, 1933-February 28, 1934

June 1933-December 18, 1934

May 1934-May 1935


Typescript articles, both about Grant Wood

"Art is Born in Overalls" and "The Metamorphosis of a Radical"

Letter to the dramatic editor of the New York Times


A Confidential Story

The Day the World Ended. Tentative plan for a book


Book of the Air Club Reviews

Miscellaneous reviews

Box 3

Series II: Subject files

Campus Crax

Diplomas and certificates

Frivol (The University of Iowa)

Vol. XVI: No.3 (November 1934); Vol. XVI:No.6 (February 1935); and Vol. XVI:No.7 (March 1935)

Iowa Prairie Chronicles in Pictures.  Map with images in Map Case 1, drawer 15

Life Magazine. Contains some photographs from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Speakers. In Oversized Box 1

The Masonian

1929, 1930, 1931

Mementos and memorabilia

Miscellaneous newspapers. In Oversized Box 1

Phi Beta Kappa


Plaque. Membership plaque for the University of Iowa Presidents' Club

The Pulse (Mason City High School newspaper)

Volumes VI, VIII, IX

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Speakers (see also the photographs for photos of speakers)



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