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IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

TITLE:»CONSTANCE FRICK IRWIN (1913-1995)

SUBTITLE:»

»PAPERS, DATES:»1918-1995

QUANTITY:»12 linear feet

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »Constance Frick Irwin papers (donor no. 289) were donated by » William A. Irwin in 1995.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

»Copyright has been retained by the donor and his heirs.

ARTIFACTS:

In box 29 and 30.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

»In boxes 26, 27 and 28.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Randel W. Lackore, 1997.

 


»Biography

 

            Begin text here:»Author, librarian and university professor, Constance Henrietta Frick was born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1913 to Herman and Wilhelmina (Minnie) Lauenstein Frick.  She grew up in a large household and enjoyed life as a young child playing with her brother and cousins or accompanying her grandmother on errands in a horse drawn carriage.

 

            In 1930 Frick earned a scholarship to attend Indiana University (IU).  Because of financial hardship she missed one semester, but by finishing three semesters work in two she graduated with her class in 1934.  During the economic depression Frick had difficulty finding a job until she was hired as bookstore clerk in Evansville.  Frick obtained a position as a librarian and journalism instructor in an Indianapolis suburb high school.  She eventually landed the same position in her hometown of Evansville.  In 1942 after taking summer classes she earned her M.A. in English literature and began writing.  Frick's first book was her master's thesis The Dramatic Criticism of George Jean Nathan published by both the Cornell University Press and Oxford University Press in 1943 (Box 13:  Writings, For adults, Books, Published).  Frick volunteered for the Women's Naval Reserve on the day its organization was announced in 1942.  Lieutenant Frick served on active duty until December 1945.  She spent a year earning a library science degree from Columbia University in New York before returning to her previous employment in Evansville in 1947.

 

In 1954 Constance Frick Irwin married William R. Irwin, a State University of Iowa (later University of Iowa) English professor.  In Iowa City Irwin continued her writing and also taught for four years at the Library School from 1963 to 1967.  Irwin died in 1995 at the age of 82.

 

 


Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The» Constance Frick Irwin papers date from »1918 to 1995 and measure 11.5 linear feet.  The »papers »are arranged in »six series:  »Biographical information, Librarianship, Writings, United States WAVES, Photographs, and Artifacts.

 

            The Biographical information series (1921-1995) provides insight into Irwin's interests apart from her professional work.  One of her interests was ceramics.  She helped found the Hoosier Craft Guild (Box 1:  Biographical information, Clubs and organizations, Hoosier Craft Guild).  Irwin's autobiographical sketches tell of the importance of her family and education in shaping the writer she became.  Irwin's personal correspondence comprises the bulk of this series, containing mostly family letters in the earlier years and fan mail from her readers in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

            The Librarianship series (1934-1967) documents Irwin's work as a high school librarian in Indiana and her professorship at the State University of Iowa Library School.

 

            The Writings series (1927-1991) is the largest series in the collection.  The series contains Irwin's lifetime of literary works.  She wrote for both children and adults.  The topics ranged from legends to the news of the day.  In addition to manuscripts the series includes correspondence.

 

            The United States WAVES series (1942-1954) chronicles Irwin's life in the Navy during World War II.  The correspondence with family and friends provides a personal view of the period.  Stationed in Washington, D.C., Irwin was an eyewitness to life in the capital.  Her vivid descriptions in letters to her parents are full of sights and sounds of Washington during the war years.

 

            The Photographs series (1918-1970) contains portraits and snapshots of Irwin from childhood through adulthood and pictures from her travels to New York, Mexico and Europe.

 

            The Artifacts include a WAVES hat and numerous small pins, medals, and awards Irwin received.

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Box 1

»Biographical information

Autobiographical sketches

General, undated

Literary, 1977, 1993

Bible class lectures [1933]

Biographical sketch of Herman C. Frick (father), undated

Board game idea "Dummy", 1948-1949

Clubs and organizations

American Association of university Women, 1938-1942

The Hoosier Craft Guild, 1948-1951

Delta Kappa Gamma, 1950, 1967-1982

The Iowa City branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.

Announcements, 1974-1976

Award certificates, 1976 and undated

By-laws, 1978-1979

History, 1964 and [1977]

Membership invitation, 1963-1964

Program guides, 1965-1982

Talks

Library research, 1975, 1981

On writing, 1942-1944, 1973-1974

Iowa City Norwegian Society, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Norsemen speech, undated

Nineteenth Century Club (Iowa City)

Program guides, 1976-1983

Talks

Early Iowa history, 1986

"People of Poland," 1985

 

Box 2

"Sidelights on History," 1995

"Sidelights on Russia," 1979

Sons of Norway Lodge 548, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Turk-Fest speech, October 1, 1983

Correspondence

1921, 1923

1930-1941

1946

1947-1949

1950-1955

1956-1959

Box 3

1960-1962

1963-1964

1965-1969

1970-1973

1974

 

Box 4

1975-1979

1980-1988

Education

High school papers, undated

Post-secondary

Columbia University transcript, 1947

Course work

"A.B. Degree--So What?," undated

Book arts term paper, undated

"Ceramics: a discussion of reference material suitable for a library in a ceramics factory," 1947

Library service, 1946-1947

Literary criticism, 1937

Victorian literature, 1939-1940

Commencement program and invitations, 1934, 1941

Scrapbook, 1934

 

Box 5

Fulbright trip to Germany

Correspondence

1959

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

1960

January-March

April-June

July-September

Lauenstein family reunion information, 1958-1959

Newspaper clippings, 1931-1959

Obituary, 1995

Passports, 1958-1987

 

Librarianship

High school librarian

Handbook for Student Librarians at Reitz High School Indianapolis, Indiana, undated

Job inquiries, 1934-1936

 

Box 6

Speeches, 1939-1953

"A Survey of the Evansville College Library," 1947

Teaching license, 1938-1949

"A Vertical File for Beech Grove," undated

Associate professor of library science, State University of Iowa

Curriculum vitae and faculty personnel data, 1963-1967

History of the book and libraries

Course outline, 1964-1967

Lecture notes, undated

List of courses taught at the State University of Iowa [1965-1967]

Library workshop for public and school librarians, 1961

Proposed masters of arts program in library science, 1967

Writings

For juveniles

Articles and short stories

"Beneath the Hood," undated

"The Editor," undated

"Early All-American," 1941

"Frazier: The Tale of a Lion for Young and Old," 1972

"The Little Dog That Purred"

Critiques, 1949

Manuscripts, 1949, 1969

"Monkey," undated

"Moral Victory" [1927]

"The Panama Hat," undated

"Pansy," 1941

"Something About a Camel," 1959

"With Mingled Seed," 1941

 

Box 7

Children's books

Comeback Guy (1961)

Working draft, undated

Galley proofs, 1961

Reviews, 1961

 

Five Against the Odds (1955)

Handwritten draft [1954]

Manuscript, 1956

Reviews, 1955-1956

Jonathan D. (1959)

Correspondence with publishers, 1953-1959

First draft and revisions, 1953-1958

Picture book, 1959

 

Box 8

Patch (1957)

Manuscript [1957]

Reviews, 1957-1959

Tourney Team (1954)

Correspondence

Fan letters, 1954, 1971

Publishers, 1951-1954

Handwritten draft, undated

Illustrations, undated

Manuscript [1952]

Reviews, 1954-1955

Poems, undated

 

Box 9

For adults

Articles

Factual

"A. E. Housman," undated

"Andy Jackson's Red-haired Mother," 1957

"Jehudi Ashman," undated

"Bugaboo Back Again," 1938

"Chickens Pointing Inward," undated

"The Citizen, His Privileges and Duties Under the Constitution," undated

"Cleopatra's Needle"

Correspondence with editors, 1977-1979

Manuscript, 1977-1978

Notes, undated

Condensed version of Edgar Snow's Red Star Over China, 1938

"Criticism in a Top Hat," 1942

"Paul Dresser," undated

"The Fighting Lady," 1952-1953

"Fighting Women of the Revolution," undated

"How's Your Football I.Q.?," 1948

"Khomeini, Man of the Seventh Century," 1979

"The Lepers Give Thanks," 1952-1953

"Life in Britain," 1979

"Lincoln Pioneer Park," 1936

"Madam Housewife on White Bread," 1934

"Magazines:  The Great American Habit" [1942]

"The Menace of a Dying President" [1979]

"The Mystery of Oak Island"

Correspondence, 1952-1954

Manuscript, undated

References and notes, undated

"A New Test for Gluten Strength," 1933

"The Partnership of Ideas," undated

 

Box 10

"The Reluctant President," undated

"Ships That Came to America Early," 1972

"Stephani Sulamite," undated

"Undersea Warfare:  Background of Submarining" [1951]

"The Viking-Age Settlement in America"

Correspondence with editors, 1990-1991

Manuscript, undated

Notes, undated

"What Darwin Never Told Us," 1981

"What Their Freebies Cost the Russians," 1978

"Whooping Cough," 1947-1948

"Why Not Subsidize Brains?" 1948-1949

"Year-round School Program," 1956

Literary

"Black Gold," undated

"The Checklist Rejection Slip," 1952

"The Church of the Fearful dragon," 1961-1988

"Come September," undated

"Cyrano DeBergerac, Himself," undated

"The Dog That Came to Eat," 1963 and undated

"Down By the Riverside," undated

"Even a Bloke," 1941-1942

"Excursion," 1948

"Frivolous Frank the Bear," undated

 

Box 11

"Goats to the Slaughter," undated

"The Golden Wedding," 1951-1953

"Holiday Rush," 1938

"How to Dominate Your Dog," 1953

Review of I Want to be Like Stalin translated by George S. Counts, 1948

"And the Land Shall Be Filled With Singing," 1946-1949

"Life Among the Mugginses," undated

"Man With the Pipe," undated

"Minute Dramas in American History," undated

"Our Uneducated Teachers," 1934-1935

"Pavane for a Dead Sailor," undated

"Pigeons in the Park" [1944]

"Preparing the Book Manuscript," 1948

"Pull the Chain," 1958

Review of Martin Luther; Germany's Angry Man by Abram Lipsky, undated

"Round Trip Ticket," undated

"Sleep Like a Dog," 1948

"Saint Francis and the Wolf," undated

"The Swarming of the Slavs," 1946-1951

"Tim Takes a Walk," undated

"To Elf and Valor," 1988 and undated

"Tuxedo the Fearless," undated

"Visitors Please Note," 1942

"Waiting," 1947 and undated

"Where Wisdom Blossoms," 1939-1941

"Your Posture is Your Figure," 1948-1949

 

Plays

Original untitled musical, 1968

Rewrites for radio

Gods of the Mountain by Lord Dunsany, 1941

 

 

Box 12

Writings (cont.)

For adults (cont.)

Plays (cont.)

Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe, 1946

The Women by Clare Boothe, 1943

Poems

Anthology of women poets (letter of proposal), undated

Published works

1932-1940

1955-1956

Unpublished works, undated (4 folders)

Books

Published works

The Dramatic Criticism of George Jean Nathan (1943)

Correspondence

George Jean Nathan, 1940-1942

Reprint edition, 1970-1987

Master's thesis research, 1940-1942

Manuscript of thesis

Rough draft [1940]

 

Box 13

Submitted copy, 1940

Pages added for Cornell University Press [1941]

Note cards, undated (7 folders)

Reviews, 1943

Gudrid's Saga (1974)

Correspondence with publisher, 1957-1961

Illustrations

Book jacket cover, undated

Maps and sources, 1974 and undated

Reproduction permission request, 1974

Manuscript

Appendices

Appendix A:  Where in North America, undated (2 folders)

Appendix B:  The Saga As History, undated

Appendix C:  Chronology, undated

Introduction, 1961-1969

Rough draft, undated

Folders 1-5

 

Box 15

Folder 6

Page proofs [1973] (2 folders)

Research notes, undated

Reviews, 1974-1976

Fair Gods and Stone Faces (1963, 1964)

Correspondence with fans

1963

1964

 

Box 16

1965-1976

Illustrations

Acknowledgment of sources, undated

Copyright permissions

To be obtained, undated

Granted permission to reprint, 1962

Illustrations with figure numbers, undated

List of figure sources and captions, undated

Manuscript

Handwritten draft, undated (Folders 1-3)

Box 17

Handwritten draft, undated (Folder 4)

Final draft [1964]

Chapters 1-8

Chapters 9-17

Chapter 18-notes

Publicity

General, 1963

Transcripts of radio interviews [1964]

 

Box 18

Quotation permission request

1962 (2 folders)

1963

Research notes, undated (folder 1)

 

Box 18

Research notes, undated (folder 2)

Reviews, 1963-1965

Strange Footprints on the Land:  Vikings in America (1980)

Bibliography notes, undated

Correspondence

Fan mail, 1964-1986

Publisher, 1976-1979

Illustrations

Captions and images, undated

List of figures, undated

Manuscript

Handwritten draft, undated (2 folders)

Typed draft with editor's comments [1980] (2 folders)

Galley proof, 1980

Galley proof suggested revisions [1980]

Research notes, 1958, 1975-1976

Reviews, 1980

Speaking notes, undated

Television documentary narration script

Handwritten draft, undated

typed draft, undated

Unpublished works

"The Growth of God"

Manuscripts

Older version, undated

Revised draft, undated

Research notes

General, undated

Letter from Dolores R. Lear, 1972

"Talking With Tools:  The Story of Writing"

Lecture script

Handwritten draft, undated

Revised draft, undated

Talking With Tools: The Story of Writing

Manuscript

Chapter 1: “The Dawning,” 1979

 

Box 20                 

Serial article "Talking With Tools" (unpublished), 1988

"This Raucous Voice"

Manuscripts

1977 (2 folders)

1978

Folder 1

Folder 2

Handwritten draft with sources, undated

"Up From the Apes"

Manuscripts

Early draft, 1984 (2 folders)

First version submitted for publication, undated (Folders 1-2)

 

Box 21

First version submitted for publication, undated (Folder 3)

Research notes, 1983 and undated

Serial article, undated

"Yonder Stranger, Who Is He"

Critiques, 1981-1985

Manuscript [1982] (4 folders)

 

United States WAVES

Applications

Librarian for U. S. Army camp, 1942

WAVES commission, 1942

Correspondence

Incoming

General

1942

1943

1944

1945

 

Incoming

Frick, Bernard A. "Bunny" (brother)

1942

1943

1944

 

Box 22

1945

Frick, Minnie L. (mother)

1942

1943

January-March

April-July

August-December

1944

1945

Mann, Lloyd B. Jr.

1942

1943

1944

Stewart, Helen

1942

 

Box 23

1943

1944

1945

Outgoing

Frick, Dr. & Mrs. Herman C. (parents)

1942

1943

January-March

April-July

August-September

October-December

1944

January-April

May-August

 

Box 24

September-October

November-December

 

1945

January-March

April-June

July-August

September-November

Mann, Lloyd B. Jr.

1942

1943

January-April

 

Box 25

May-August

September-December

1944

1945

January-June

July-November

Stewart, Helen, 1942-1945

Departmental memoranda, 1942-1944

 

Box 26

 

Training

Correspondence courses

Commerce and travel

Foreign intelligence, 1943

Indoctrination notebook (disbound), 1942

Daily routine

Organization of the Navy

Naval personnel

Naval history

Ships and aircraft

Exam notes

Languages

French, 1943

Spanish, 1943

Speeches on WAVES life, 1945-1954

 

Work and social calendars

1943

1945

 

Photographs

College life, undated

Mexico scrapbook (disbound), 1941

New York, New York, undated

Portraits [1918] 1927-1954 and undated (oversize shelved in map case, drawer 1)

Publicity proofs, 1953, 1964

Snapshots

1943-1945

1948-1963

Photographic slides

Europe

Austria and Ireland, 1960

 

Box 27

Christmas trip (photographed by William Irwin), 1958

France, 1958

Germany

Berlin, 1958-1959

Burg Lauenstein and Faschung-Rottweil, 1958-1959

Munich, Bremen, Nurnburg and Faschung-Rottenburg, 1958-1959

Rhine river, 1958-1959

Rural Germany [1959]

Tubingen, 1958-1959

Greece, 1958

Holland, 1959

Italy, 1958

Portugal, 1959

Scandinavia, 1959

 

Box 28

Spain, 1958

Switzerland, Liechtenstein and San Marino, 1958

Turkey, 1960

Yugoslavia, 1958-1959

Iowa City, 1961, 1970

 

Box 29                 

                        Artifacts

                             WAVES hat

 

Box 30

                             Lacquer box with awards and pins inside