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Snooping in the acid-free boxes to find out what we can learn when just one letter from a person survives.

Latest Episodes

10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

In this episode guest Peter Balestrieri brings us a letter from Ursula LeGuin that he found tucked inside of a recently donated copy of "The Farthest Shore." Guest: Peter Balestrieri Citation: LeGuin, Ursula to Martin, John Located in "The Farthest Shore." Allen Lewis Autographed Books Collection (in process). SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2018/02/20/historically-yours-podcast-ursula-leguin-earthsea-and-tolkien-with-guest-peter-balestrieri/ Write to Us! Know more about this letter? Write to us! Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

21 MIN2018 FEB 21
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10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

Guest: Jennifer Burek Pierce Citation: Marjorie McVicker (Sutcliffe) to Bill Sutcliffe, 1938 Judith Sutcliffe Papers IWA0067 Box 16, Folder “Marjorie to Bill, 1938” Iowa Women’s Archives SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2017/12/13/09-historically-yours-love-marjorie-knitting-hats-for-strawberries-swearing-at-horses-and-the-circus-comes-to-town-life-in-kansas-in-the-1930s/ Write to Us! Know more about this letter? Write to us! Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

27 MIN2017 DEC 14
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09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

(Corrected version of the podcast! While talking about international pirated versions of Poe's books, we mis-stated details about U.S. copyright in 1868. This file corrects that. If you know more about this letter be sure to email us and we'll read your letter on the pod.colleen-theisen@uiowa.edu, thanks! - Colleen). For this episode of Historically Yours,Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture, Peter Balestrieritakes us back into the publishing industry reading ahandwritten letter from 1868 written on behalf of Miss Rosa Poe, sister of Edgar Allan Poe. Letter information: MsL T473d Thompson, John Reuben to Eugene Didier 28 January 1868 Letter text: 17 Lafayette Place: New York City, 28 Jan. 1868 Dear Sir, I am again compelled to remind you that you have returned no answer in the matter of the Juvenile Verses of Edgar Poe, which I submitted to you some time ago for “Southern Society” and to ask either that you will return me the Ms. or else authorize us to write to Miss Ros...

23 MIN2017 NOV 21
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08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

For this episode of Historically Yours,School of Library and Information Science graduate student Kathryn Heffnerreads a typed letter on Arkham House letterhead with details relating to what it took to get HP Lovecraft published during World War II, both figuratively and literally. Letter: Msc0429, Thomas Ollive Mabbott Papers August Derleth to Thomas Ollive Mabbott 9 June 1943 Dear Mr. Mabbott:Many thanks for your card. However, Dyalhis is dead, I understand. What with WPB paper restrictions, slowness of the fans to buy, etc., half our authors will be dead and we’ll have trouble with their estates before we can public the books we want to do. For instance, we have Whitehead’s JUMBEE AND OTHER UNCANNY TALES ready to go, but we can’t get a release for the estate, nor could we get enough paper for even so little as 1000 copies! If we were to publish it now, we could get paper enough for 900 copies, but then we couldn’t publish the 2ndLovecraft. As it is, we’ll probably have to pu...

26 MIN2017 OCT 25
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07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

*Updated 7/31/2017 to fix a flaw in the audio file For this episode of Historically Yours, Graduate Assistant Liz Riordanregales us with tales of the Wild West and a letter recounting an encounter with Calamity Jane immediately preceeding her death. (MsLT576s). Tillett, S. to Edwin L. Sabin 22 June 1929

18 MIN2017 JUL 26
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06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

For this episode of Historically Yours, University Archivist David McCartney tells a poignant tale of letter writing past and present and then reads us a letter from James Thurber from his time at the New Yorker in 1935. (MsLT5361za)

27 MIN2017 JUN 28
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05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

04 - Historically Yours: Helen Keller's Poem - a letter, or an autograph? Guest Liz Riordan

Whate'er we love becomes of us a part, The center of all tributary powers, Our life is fed from nature's throbbing heart and of her best the fibre and growth is ours. Helen Keller Cambridge April 29, 1902

16 MIN2017 MAY 18
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04 - Historically Yours: Helen Keller's Poem - a letter, or an autograph? Guest Liz Riordan

03 - Historically Yours: World War I Memorial: Warren G. Harding letter with Ben Schmidt

A memorial for World War I is the concern in a letter from Warren G. Harding read by School of Library and Information Science graduate student Ben Schmidt. Do you know anything about the movement to make a memorial? Or about Mrs. Henry F. Dimock? Type in the comments, email us colleen-theisen@uiowa.eduor write to us: Colleen Theisen Special Collections 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

16 MIN2017 MAY 3
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03 - Historically Yours: World War I Memorial: Warren G. Harding letter with Ben Schmidt

02 - Historically Yours: A New York City Theater Fire with Liz Riordan

Historically Yours is brought to you by the wacky folks who wander in and out of the University of Iowa Special Collections. Your host is Colleen Theisen, today's guest is Liz Riordan. Our theme music was composed by Will Riordan. Letter from this episode: Lawrence Barrett to James H. Smith Esq. September 26, 1873. MsL B274

15 MIN2017 APR 18
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02 - Historically Yours: A New York City Theater Fire with Liz Riordan

01 - Historically Yours: Horace Annesley Vachell Letter with guest Laura Hampton

Welcome to our new podcast. New episodes will premiere every two weeks on Tuesday. Episode 1 features Digital Project Librarian Laura Hampton reading a letter from April 15, 1942 from Horace Ainsley Vachell of Bath England to Mr. Corder. (MsL V1183co). Do you know anything about Mr. Corder? Or Mr. Vachell? Or anything else in this letter? Let us know. Write to us: Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242 Host: Colleen Theisen Guest: Laura Hampton Editing: Colleen Theisen Theme Music: "Handwritten Letters" by Will Riordan

13 MIN2017 APR 5
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01 - Historically Yours: Horace Annesley Vachell Letter with guest Laura Hampton
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Latest Episodes

10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

In this episode guest Peter Balestrieri brings us a letter from Ursula LeGuin that he found tucked inside of a recently donated copy of "The Farthest Shore." Guest: Peter Balestrieri Citation: LeGuin, Ursula to Martin, John Located in "The Farthest Shore." Allen Lewis Autographed Books Collection (in process). SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2018/02/20/historically-yours-podcast-ursula-leguin-earthsea-and-tolkien-with-guest-peter-balestrieri/ Write to Us! Know more about this letter? Write to us! Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

21 MIN2018 FEB 21
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10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

Guest: Jennifer Burek Pierce Citation: Marjorie McVicker (Sutcliffe) to Bill Sutcliffe, 1938 Judith Sutcliffe Papers IWA0067 Box 16, Folder “Marjorie to Bill, 1938” Iowa Women’s Archives SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2017/12/13/09-historically-yours-love-marjorie-knitting-hats-for-strawberries-swearing-at-horses-and-the-circus-comes-to-town-life-in-kansas-in-the-1930s/ Write to Us! Know more about this letter? Write to us! Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

27 MIN2017 DEC 14
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09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

(Corrected version of the podcast! While talking about international pirated versions of Poe's books, we mis-stated details about U.S. copyright in 1868. This file corrects that. If you know more about this letter be sure to email us and we'll read your letter on the pod.colleen-theisen@uiowa.edu, thanks! - Colleen). For this episode of Historically Yours,Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture, Peter Balestrieritakes us back into the publishing industry reading ahandwritten letter from 1868 written on behalf of Miss Rosa Poe, sister of Edgar Allan Poe. Letter information: MsL T473d Thompson, John Reuben to Eugene Didier 28 January 1868 Letter text: 17 Lafayette Place: New York City, 28 Jan. 1868 Dear Sir, I am again compelled to remind you that you have returned no answer in the matter of the Juvenile Verses of Edgar Poe, which I submitted to you some time ago for “Southern Society” and to ask either that you will return me the Ms. or else authorize us to write to Miss Ros...

23 MIN2017 NOV 21
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08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

For this episode of Historically Yours,School of Library and Information Science graduate student Kathryn Heffnerreads a typed letter on Arkham House letterhead with details relating to what it took to get HP Lovecraft published during World War II, both figuratively and literally. Letter: Msc0429, Thomas Ollive Mabbott Papers August Derleth to Thomas Ollive Mabbott 9 June 1943 Dear Mr. Mabbott:Many thanks for your card. However, Dyalhis is dead, I understand. What with WPB paper restrictions, slowness of the fans to buy, etc., half our authors will be dead and we’ll have trouble with their estates before we can public the books we want to do. For instance, we have Whitehead’s JUMBEE AND OTHER UNCANNY TALES ready to go, but we can’t get a release for the estate, nor could we get enough paper for even so little as 1000 copies! If we were to publish it now, we could get paper enough for 900 copies, but then we couldn’t publish the 2ndLovecraft. As it is, we’ll probably have to pu...

26 MIN2017 OCT 25
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07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

*Updated 7/31/2017 to fix a flaw in the audio file For this episode of Historically Yours, Graduate Assistant Liz Riordanregales us with tales of the Wild West and a letter recounting an encounter with Calamity Jane immediately preceeding her death. (MsLT576s). Tillett, S. to Edwin L. Sabin 22 June 1929

18 MIN2017 JUL 26
Comments
06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

For this episode of Historically Yours, University Archivist David McCartney tells a poignant tale of letter writing past and present and then reads us a letter from James Thurber from his time at the New Yorker in 1935. (MsLT5361za)

27 MIN2017 JUN 28
Comments
05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

04 - Historically Yours: Helen Keller's Poem - a letter, or an autograph? Guest Liz Riordan

Whate'er we love becomes of us a part, The center of all tributary powers, Our life is fed from nature's throbbing heart and of her best the fibre and growth is ours. Helen Keller Cambridge April 29, 1902

16 MIN2017 MAY 18
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04 - Historically Yours: Helen Keller's Poem - a letter, or an autograph? Guest Liz Riordan

03 - Historically Yours: World War I Memorial: Warren G. Harding letter with Ben Schmidt

A memorial for World War I is the concern in a letter from Warren G. Harding read by School of Library and Information Science graduate student Ben Schmidt. Do you know anything about the movement to make a memorial? Or about Mrs. Henry F. Dimock? Type in the comments, email us colleen-theisen@uiowa.eduor write to us: Colleen Theisen Special Collections 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242

16 MIN2017 MAY 3
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03 - Historically Yours: World War I Memorial: Warren G. Harding letter with Ben Schmidt

02 - Historically Yours: A New York City Theater Fire with Liz Riordan

Historically Yours is brought to you by the wacky folks who wander in and out of the University of Iowa Special Collections. Your host is Colleen Theisen, today's guest is Liz Riordan. Our theme music was composed by Will Riordan. Letter from this episode: Lawrence Barrett to James H. Smith Esq. September 26, 1873. MsL B274

15 MIN2017 APR 18
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02 - Historically Yours: A New York City Theater Fire with Liz Riordan

01 - Historically Yours: Horace Annesley Vachell Letter with guest Laura Hampton

Welcome to our new podcast. New episodes will premiere every two weeks on Tuesday. Episode 1 features Digital Project Librarian Laura Hampton reading a letter from April 15, 1942 from Horace Ainsley Vachell of Bath England to Mr. Corder. (MsL V1183co). Do you know anything about Mr. Corder? Or Mr. Vachell? Or anything else in this letter? Let us know. Write to us: Historically Yours c/o Colleen Theisen University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections 100 Main Library Iowa City, IA 52242 Host: Colleen Theisen Guest: Laura Hampton Editing: Colleen Theisen Theme Music: "Handwritten Letters" by Will Riordan

13 MIN2017 APR 5
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01 - Historically Yours: Horace Annesley Vachell Letter with guest Laura Hampton
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