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Guide to the William C. Jarnagin Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1898-1971
Creator: Jarnagin, William C. (1879-1971)
Extent: .50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0255
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Owner, editor and publisher of the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune and the Storm Lake Register. Small group of papers relating to Jarnagin's newspaper publishing career, including scrapbooks, extra sheets from the Spanish American War, and clippings.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Phil Jarnagin in 1971.

Preferred Citation: William C. Jarnagin Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

William C. Jarnagin (1879-1971) began his newspaper career as a proofreader on the old Des Moines Capital in 1901. He later worked as a reporter covering courts, police, and state government for the paper. He left the Capital and pursued jobs on various papers including the Des Moines News, the Sioux City Tribune, and the Cedar Falls Record. He returned to Des Moines and the Capital to become its city editor and then managing editor. In 1922, Jarnagin bought and became publisher of the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune. He later purchased the Storm Lake Register. He remained the owner/editor/co-publisher until their sale in 1970. William Jarnagin was active in both professional and civic organizations. He was a past president of the Iowa Press Association and was honored as a master editor-publisher by that group. He was also a past president of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The papers of William C. Jarnagin consist of one box of manuscripts dating from 1898 to 1971. Included are scrapbooks of theater reviews (1911-1921) and clippings relating to the United Taxpayers of Buena Vista County (1932-1935). Newspaper "extra" sheets from the Spanish-American War published by the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, along with other clippings from Jarnagin's newspapers make up the rest of this small set of papers.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Scrapbook of theater reviews - 1911-1921
  • Scrapbook of clippings relating to the United Taxpayers of Buena Vista county - 1932-1935
  • "Extra" sheets from Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, May 2-June 28 - 1898
  • Miscellaneous folder
  • "Chamber of Commerce Activity Started Early in Storm Lake" taken from Buena Vista County History - 1942
    Compiled and written by the Iowa Writers Program of the Works Projects Administration. Mimeographed, 3 p.
  • "Jarnagin of Storm Lake," by Herb Owens, Des Moines Tribune, March 4 - 1965
  • "Bill Jarnagin Night," program from a banquet sponsored by the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce - 1969
  • Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, June 18 - 1970
  • Tribute by Wiley Mayne in the Congressional Record, House, H7125, July 26 - 1971
  • Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, July 28 - 1971
  • Obituary, Des Moines Register