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Guide to the Rose Claire Huth papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1950-1997
Creator: Huth, Rose Claire
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0041
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Actress and radio scriptwriter.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 41) were transfered from Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, 1997.

Preferred Citation: Rose Claire Huth papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Rose Claire Klaffenbach Huth was born around 1915 in Muscatine, Iowa to Clarence and Clara Kellner Klaffenbach. Klaffenbach was raised in Muscatine where she attended the St. Mathias grade school and high school. She studied dramatic arts at the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama in 1936. Klaffenbach continued her contact with the theater arts through membership in the Old Globe Shakespearean players in Columbus, Ohio. Klaffenbach's stage name was "Rose Kaye." In addition to acting, Klaffenbach taught drama and acting classes in St. Louis, wrote a column for the St. Louis Globe Democrat, and was the editor of the Edison Brothers' company newspaper.

In the late 1930s or early 1940s Klaffenbach married Herbert H. Huth, with whom she had four children, Terri, Toni, Thomas and Timothy. Huth concentrated on raising her family for a time, then began her second career teaching at the Holy Redeemer Grade School in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1957. Later Huth taught at the Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri. Huth received her master's degree in education from St. Louis University.

Radio broadcasting was a continuing interest in Huth's life. After graduation, but before her marriage, she was on the staff of WHKC in Columbus, Ohio and also KXOK in St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1950s, Huth became known for her script contributions to the CBS radio show "Dr. Christian"; four of Huth's manuscripts were used on the show.

Rose Claire Huth died on February 8, 1997 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for fifteen years.

The Rose Claire Rose Claire Huth papers date from 1950 to 1997 and measure 2.5 linear inches.

The Biographical material includes newspaper articles regarding her radio scripts, one of her stories that was published in the Junior Catholic Messenger, and her obituary.

Correspondence is between Huth and McCann-Erickson Inc. Advertising, and between Huth and the State University of Iowa Libraries.

The Manuscripts of Huth's radio scripts exist in several forms. There are original typewritten drafts for all shows except "We'll Never Forget Herbert," which is a carbon copy. In addition, there are radio producers' mimeographed scripts for both "The Redheads" and "Tell Her So."

One Photograph of Huth with Jean Hersholt and the President of the Vaseline corporation (ca. 1952) is included.

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