10 episodes

Librarian Colleen Theisen and rotating guests from the unique cast of characters in the University of Iowa Special Collections are snooping in the acid-free boxes to find out what we can learn when just one letter from a person survives. A guest each episode reads a historic letter, investigate its history and reflect on the historic role of letter writing and how that carries over into modern life.

Historically Yours from the University of Iowa Special Collections Colleen Theisen from the University of Iowa Special Collections

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Librarian Colleen Theisen and rotating guests from the unique cast of characters in the University of Iowa Special Collections are snooping in the acid-free boxes to find out what we can learn when just one letter from a person survives. A guest each episode reads a historic letter, investigate its history and reflect on the historic role of letter writing and how that carries over into modern life.

    10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

    10: Historically Yours: Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea, and Tolkien with guest Peter Balestrieri

    In this episode guest Peter Balestrieri brings us a letter from Ursula LeGuin that he found tucked inside of a recently donated copy of "The Farthest Shore."


     


    Guest: 
    Peter Balestrieri


     


    Citation: 
     


    LeGuin, Ursula to Martin, John


    Located in "The Farthest Shore."


    Allen Lewis Autographed Books Collection (in process).


     


     


    SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: 


    https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2018/02/20/historically-yours-podcast-ursula-leguin-earthsea-and-tolkien-with-guest-peter-balestrieri/


     


    Write to Us!


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    Historically Yours


    c/o Colleen Theisen


    100 Main Library


    Iowa City, IA 52242


     





     


     

    • 21 min
    09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

    09: Historically Yours: Love, Marjorie; Knitting hats for strawberries, swearing at horses, and the circus comes to town: Life in Kansas in the 1930’s

    Guest: 
    Jennifer Burek Pierce


     


    Citation: 
    Marjorie McVicker (Sutcliffe) to Bill Sutcliffe, 1938


    Judith Sutcliffe Papers


    IWA0067


    Box 16, Folder “Marjorie to Bill, 1938”


    Iowa Women’s Archives


     


    SEE ALL OF THIS LETTER AND READ THE TRANSCRIPTION ON OUR BLOG: https://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2017/12/13/09-historically-yours-love-marjorie-knitting-hats-for-strawberries-swearing-at-horses-and-the-circus-comes-to-town-life-in-kansas-in-the-1930s/


     


    Write to Us!


    Know more about this letter? 


    Write to us!


    Historically Yours


    c/o Colleen Theisen


    100 Main Library


    Iowa City, IA 52242


     


     


     

    • 27 min
    08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

    08: Historically Yours (corrected): A Tale of Woe for Miss Rosa Poe with guest Peter Balestrieri

    (Corrected version of the podcast! While talking about international pirated versions of Poe's books, we mis-stated details about U.S. copyright in 1868. This file corrects that. If you know more about this letter be sure to email us and we'll read your letter on the pod. colleen-theisen@uiowa.edu, thanks! - Colleen). 


     


    For this episode of Historically Yours, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture, Peter Balestrieri takes us back into the publishing industry reading a handwritten letter from 1868 written on behalf of Miss Rosa Poe, sister of Edgar Allan Poe.


     


    Letter information:


     


    MsL T473d


    Thompson, John Reuben to Eugene Didier


    28 January 1868


     


    Letter text:


     


    17 Lafayette Place:


    New York City, 28 Jan. 1868


     


    Dear Sir,


    I am again compelled to remind you that you have returned no answer in the matter of the Juvenile Verses of Edgar Poe, which I submitted to you some time ago for “Southern Society” and to ask either that you will return me the Ms. or else authorize us to write to Miss Rosa Poe that she may draw upon you for $15 - the sum I named as compensation for them. I explained to you when I sent the Ms. that Miss Poe was in a very destitute situation, and that I had undertaken, purely as a work of charity, to find a purchaser for the verses. If you want them, write me to that effect at once, if you do not want them, send them back to me, for delay in a case of destitution is really really unreasonable.


    I desire to get two copies of your paper containing my poem of “Music in Camp,” and one copy of the number which published Simms’ Sketch of [Timrod?]. If you will be good enough to send us these, and will let me know what I am to pay for them, I will send you the amount in postage stamps.


    Very truly yours,


     


    R. Thompson


     


    Eugene Didier Esq.


     

    • 23 min
    07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

    07: Historically Yours: Academics, Fans, Lovecraft, and the price of paper

    For this episode of Historically Yours, School of Library and Information Science graduate student Kathryn Heffner reads a typed letter on Arkham House letterhead with details relating to what it took to get HP Lovecraft published during World War II, both figuratively and literally.


     


    Letter:


    Msc0429, Thomas Ollive Mabbott Papers


    August Derleth to Thomas Ollive Mabbott  


    9 June 1943


     





     


    Dear Mr. Mabbott:

    Many thanks for your card. However, Dyalhis is dead, I understand. What with WPB paper restrictions, slowness of the fans to buy, etc., half our authors will be dead and we’ll have trouble with their estates before we can public the books we want to do. For instance, we have Whitehead’s JUMBEE AND OTHER UNCANNY TALES ready to go, but we can’t get a release for the estate, nor could we get enough paper for even so little as 1000 copies! If we were to publish it now, we could get paper enough for 900 copies, but then we couldn’t publish the 2nd Lovecraft. As it is, we’ll probably have to publish half the Lovecraft edition this autumn, and then the other half after January 1st, if we can’t get enough paper released so that we can use it. We also have coming Donald Wandrei’s THE EYE AND THE FINGER, but this, too, is likely to be held back until 1945, unless we can get the paper for this second Lovecraft, which will in any case be delayed into later September.

    All best wishes to you.

    Sincerely,

    [Signature]


     


     


    Guest:


    Kathryn E. Heffner 


    The University of Iowa, BLIS Student


     

    • 26 min
    06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

    06 - Historically Yours: An Account of Calamity Jane's Death with Guest Liz Riordan

    *Updated 7/31/2017 to fix a flaw in the audio file


    For this episode of Historically Yours, Graduate Assistant Liz Riordan regales us with tales of the Wild West and a letter recounting an encounter with Calamity Jane immediately preceeding her death. (MsLT576s).


    Tillett, S. to Edwin L. Sabin


    22 June 1929


     

    • 18 min
    05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

    05 - Historically Yours: Guest is Archivist David McCartney reading James Thurber

    For this episode of Historically Yours, University Archivist David McCartney tells a poignant tale of letter writing past and present and then reads us a letter from James Thurber from his time at the New Yorker in 1935. (MsLT5361za)


     

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

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A Great Sneak Peak into Archives!

This podcast is a great way to showcase the mostly overlooked treasures that archives and special collections hold!

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Just found these and enjoy the idea

It is too bad that it appears to no longer be produced but as a University if Iowa grad and someone who has just rediscovered a joy or writing letters, I will enjoy what is here.

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Great podcast!

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