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Guide to the Arthur Carhart Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1916-1965
Creator: Carhart, Arthur (1892-1978)
Extent: 4.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0576
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Author, conservationist, and landscape architect. Manuscripts of some of his books including The National Forests and Timber in Your Life. Typescript drafts, proofs, galleys, outlines, and correspondence are included.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials.

Acquisition: Mr. Carhart gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries over the period of a decade, from 1954 to 1964.

Preferred Citation: Arthur Carhart 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
Email: lib-spec@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc

Born and raised in Mapleton, Iowa, Arthur Hawthorne Carhart (1892-1978), was first published at age eleven. His essay on The Downey Woodpecker appeared in the children's corner of the Women's Home Companion. Carhart graduated from Iowa State University in 1916. He received the first degree in landscape architecture and city planning conferred by the university in Ames, Iowa.
 
He worked for a Chicago firm of landscape architects until enlisting in the Army in 1917. There he served as a bacteriologist and public health officer in the Sanitary Corps at Camp Mead, Maryland. After the war, Carhart moved to Colorado where he joined the U.S. Forest Service as a recreation engineer. In 1923, he became part of McCrary, Culley, and Carhart. It was a landscape architecture and city planning firm that worked out of Denver.
 
Arthur Carhart had his first book published in 1928. By 1931, he had sold out to his partners and had become a full time freelance writer. For the next eight years he wrote and sold novels, short stories, and articles of all description. He put his writings on hold to take a position as the Colorado coordinator of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program. He then became the Regional Information Executive of the Rocky Mountain Region for the U.S. Office of Price Administration. Returning to his writing in 1946, he published The Outdoorsman's Cookbook. Carhart published some twenty-four books and over 4,000 articles during his career. They ranged from Western novels to books on sport and conservation.

The papers of Arthur H. Carhart date from 1916 to 1965 and measure 4.5 linear feet. These literary manuscripts are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence. There are various typescript drafts, proofs, galleys, outlines, and correspondence for a number of books including The National Forests and Timber in Your Life. Newspaper clippings and various brochures and pamphlets are also included. A progress report concerning the Conservation Library Center in Denver, Colorado, for which Carhart was a consultant, can also be found.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL
Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Arthur H. Carhart Resume of Training Experience
  • Brochures and Pamphlets
  • Clippings - 1941-1961
  • Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS
  • Sub-Series: Fresh Water Fishing
  • Box 1:
  • Pencil drawings and a letter of explanation by the author are a key to the captions for the 18 colored plates in the book. April 23 - 1954
  • Sub-Series: Landscape Materials for Iowa
  • Box 1:
  • Bound thesis - 1916
  • Sub-Series: The National Forests
  • Box 1:
  • Correspondence - 1954-1960
  • First Draft. Manuscript with corrections and revisions
  • Second draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Third draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Fourth draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Fifth draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Sixth draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Seventh draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Seventh draft. Carbon typescript
  • Eighth draft. Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Box 2:
  • Eighth draft. Carbon typescript
  • Miscellaneous (including index, list of illustrations, copyright notice, forward, biographical note, etc.)
  • Title page. Typescript and printed
  • Plate proofs. Miscellaneous
  • Author's proofs. Miscellaneous
  • Page proofs, October 30 - 1958
  • Sub-Series: Son of the Forest
  • Box 2:
  • Typescript, with corrections and revisions
  • Typescript, with corrections and revisions
  • Typescript, with corrections and revisions
  • Typescript, with corrections and revisions, beginning with chapter 8
  • Typescript, final version, beginning with chapter 8
  • Sub-Series: Timber in Your Life
  • Box 2:
  • Correspondence
  • Typescript with revisions and corrections
  • Miscellaneous pages discarded after the first draft
  • Index - three drafts
  • Typescript, final version
  • Publisher's typescript with revisions
  • Galley proofs
  • Printed from material
  • Sub-Series: Water for Your Life
  • Box 3:
  • Outlines - three drafts
  • Typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Publisher's typescript with corrections and revisions
  • Promotional Pamphlet
  • Sub-Series: Progress Reports
  • Box 3:
  • Conservation Library Center Progress Report - 1965