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Guide to the Warren Van Dine Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1923-1970
Creator: Van Dine, Warren (1902-1983)
Extent: 1.00 linear foot.
Collection Number: MSC0711
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Consists of audio recordings, biographical information, correspondence, and materials relating to Mr. Van Dine's editorial positions with Much Ado and Upward. Also included in this collection are several manuscripts and typescripts of poems, essays, and short stories as well as Mr. Van Dine's memories of his time spent as an undergraduate at the State University of Iowa in the 1920s. Photographs, speeches.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 1; Audio material in Box 1.

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 Warren L. Van Dine in 1963.

Preferred Citation: Warren Van Dine Papers, The University of Iowa, 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

Warren Lovel Van Dine was born on November 25, 1902 in Fountain Green Township, Illinois. He was born on his grandfather's farm in the same bedroom that his mother, Flora Ellen Salisbury, was born. Warren Van Dine grew up in Burnside, Illinois in the house built by his father, Herbert R. Van Dine. After graduating from the State University of Iowa (the University of Iowa) in 1924 with a B.A. from the Liberal Arts College, Van Dine devoted himself to the Mormon church and to the Sons of the American Revolution. He also worked as an editor for two poetry journals; Much Ado in the early 1930's and Upward in the late 1930's. Unchanging Gold, a book of poems by Van Dine, was published in 1938. Van Dine authored several short stories and newspaper articles. He also wrote extensively about unusual weather in Hancock County, Illinois and about Hancock County history. For a large part of his life Van Dine was a member of the Revolutionary Graves Registry Committee and compiled lists of grave markers in county cemeteries for use by historians and genealogists. Van Dine remained a proud alumnus of the University of Iowa and appeared to be enamored with the state. He attended Alumni Weekend in Iowa City every year from 1959 and considered Iowa his home. He took great pride in representing Iowa in the 1925 publication of Poets of the Future with his sonnet, Pioneers. Van Dine lived and wrote in Burnside, Illinois and Hamilton, Illinois until his death on September 25, 1983.

The papers of Warren L. Van Dine consist of audio recordings, bigraphical information, correspondence, and materials relating to Mr. Van Dine's editorial positions with Much Ado and Upward. Also included in this collection are several manuscripts and typescripts of poems, essays, and short stories as well as Mr. Van Dine's memories of his time spent as a student at the State University of Iowa in the 1920s. The files of correspondence are arranged chronologically except for the Much Ado submission manuscripts, which are arranged alphabetically.

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


Personal Names:
Van Dine, Warren L., 1902-1983

Corporate Names:
University of Iowa

Topics:
Alumni and alumnae
Authors, American

Occupations:
Authors

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa
United States -- Illinois

Genre/Form of Materials:
Sound recordings
Archives
Memoirs
Manuscripts (Document genre)
Typescripts
Correspondence