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Marjorie Holmes papers

Identifier: MS-0003

Content Description

The Marjorie Holmes papers include correspondence, manuscripts, publisher information, drafts, proofs, galleys, and clippings belonging to the writer Marjorie Holmes. An item inventory was prepared by a previous processor and is available in the front of Box 1.


  • Creation: 1943-1988



Born on September 22, 1910, and raised in Storm Lake, Iowa, Marjorie Holmes attended Buena Vista College (now Buena Vista University) from 1927 to 1929. Following her graduation from Cornell College in 1931, she was briefly a farmer and was involved in the radio industry. In 1943, she published her first book, World by the Tail. For the next five decades her career in the literary world consisted of free-lance writing, which enabled her to write for several well-known literary companies such as Reader’s Digest and the Washington Star. When she was not writing her popular columns “Love and Laughter” and “A Woman’s Conversation with God,” she was writing national best-selling books such as Two from Galilee. She passed away on March 13, 2002 in Manassas, Virginia.


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This collection is arranged into five series: Personal Correspondence, Professional Correspondence, Professional Life, Writings, and Assorted.

Related Materials

The University of Iowa Special Collections and Archives also owns some Marjorie Holmes papers (MsC 626).

Condition Description

Box 2: Folders 14 and 15 show evidence of mold. Box 5, folder 17 and Box 7 folders 4, 5, and 13 contain documents that are very faded.

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Repository Details

Part of the Buena Vista University Archives Repository

610 West Fourth Street
Storm Lake IA 50588 United States