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Guide to the Susan Fulton Welty Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1937-1947
Creator: Welty, Susan Fulton
Extent: 5.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0723
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Born in Fairfield, Iowa, Welty took degrees at Parsons College and the University of Utah. A teacher most of her life, this collection contains drafts of numerous stories and articles, most on religious subjects.

Access: This collection is open for research.

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

Acquisition: These papers were donated by Susan Fulton Welty over the years 1962 to 1995.

Preferred Citation: Susan Fulton Welty 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

Susan Fulton was born in Fairfield, Iowa, and received a degree in Biology from Parsons College, and then an M.A. in Speech from the Univeristy of Utah. She married Joel Carl Welty, who eventually became Head of the Biology Department at Beloit College. During the years 1946-1947, Mr. Welty worked as a volunteer for a Quaker group in Koblenz, Germany, providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the war. Mrs. Welty had applied to go as well, but the orgranization did not allow couples to go. While Mr. Welty was in Koblenz, Mrs. Welty taught school in Washington state. Mr. Welty wrote long letters home to his wife. These she would later collect, after his death, into a book called The Hunger Year, published in 1993 under Carl Welty's name.
She was at this time no stranger to the publishing world. In the mid nineteen forties, she had published Christmas plays and poems. In 1951, she published a novel for young adults, The Knight's Ransom, based upon a true story from the time of the Crusades. In 1961 she published Look Up and Hope, a biography of Maud Ballingon Booth, one of the founders of Volunteers of America and known as The Little Mother of the Prisons. Booth was a friend of Welty's mother, and when her mother died when Susan Welty was young, Booth took seriously her request to look after Susan.
In 1965, she published a non-ficiton book for young people, Bird With Bracelets, about the banding of birds for research. In 1966, she published a Christmas poem, Meditations on Christmas Eve. In 1968 she published A Fair Field, a history of her hometown of Fairfield, Iowa.
Throughout her career, she published in magazines and journals.

This collection consists mainly of her manuscripts for articles and serialized stories, but there are also early manuscripts for A Knight's Ransom, A Fair Field, and Look Up and Hope, as well as the Christmas pageants.

Also included is a scrapbook devoted to the Booths.
The Hunger Year. Special Collections 95-1442

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

English & American Literature
Writers Archive at Iowa
Prose Writers