Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa



PAPERS, 1936-2003
(bulk 1936-1941)

2.5 linear inches


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Dorothy and Warren Wirtz Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The Dorothy and Warren Wirtz papers (donor no. 181) were donated by Dorothy Wirtz in 1996 and 2004, and by Grinnell College in 2008.
The papers are open for research.

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa

Processed by:
Randel W. Lackore, 1997. [WirtzDorothyandWarren.doc]
Elizabeth Engel, 2006.


Dorothy and Warren "Jack" Wirtz, sister and brother from Keokuk, Iowa, were transfer students at the State University of Iowa ( SUI) (now the University of Iowa) in the late 1930s. While attending university both corresponded regularly with their parents back home.

Dorothy Wirtz graduated with a B.A. in French in 1939 and later earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. She taught French in Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Arizona in 1950. Dorothy Wirtz held various positions working for the State of Arizona from 1950-1958. In 1958 she became a professor at Arizona State University, where she taught until her retirement in 1973.

Warren Wirtz earned a double major in music and French in 1938 and continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music. He became a composer, piano teacher and music critic for the MinneapolisTimes. Warren Wirtz composed over fifty musical works. He died in 1972.

Scope and Content Note

The Dorothy and Warren Wirtz papers date from 1936 to 1991 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers consist primarily of Dorothy and Warren Wirtz's letters home to their parents describing their social life, courses and matters of interest to college students. Also included are letters from Dorothy’s room mate, Jane Merrill Glass, three of Dorothy Wirtz's published poems and five journal articles on French literature, along with a published volume of poetry entitled, “Evolution.” Brief biographical sketches of Dorothy and Warren Wirtz and three photographs complete the collection.

Related Collections

Dorothy Wirtz Papers, Arizona State University

Box List

Box 1                          
  Dorothy Wirtz                
    Academic articles, 1963-1970
Biographical sketch, undated
Letters from Jane Merrill Glass, 1938-1939
      1949, 1986, 1991
“Evolution: A Book of Poems,” 2003
  Warren "Jack" Wirtz          

Biographical sketch, undated
Correspondence, 1936-1938
"Passacaglia in D Minor for Organ," by Warren Wirtz, 1941

  Photographs, 1938, 1999 and undated      

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