Rod Library--Special Collections
Harvey J. Hess Collection
Manuscript collection: MsC-69
Harvey J. Hess collection, 1958-2005. 4 linear feet
Harvey J. Hess attended the University of Northern Iowa in the late 1950s. He taught in the Department of English Language and Literature at the university from about 1995 through 2008. He was a poet, critic, and librettist. Mr. Hess spent many years in Hawaii, where he worked with Jerré Tanner and John Thomas to write and produce operas with Hawaiian mythic themes.
This collection includes correspondence, publications, journals, worksheets, and newsclippings by and about Mr. Hess.
Mr. Hess donated material to the University Archives in increments from about 2000 through 2010. The use of some of this collection is restricted to Hess family members until September 2020. See agreement document in Box 3.
On August 31, 2012, after the death of Mr. Hess, his sister Lucy donated a large quantity of material to the University Archives. This material is unprocessed.
Emma L. Goughnour, autograph book, 1881
Box 3--Portions restricted
Agreement on use of Hess collection
Letter, Professor Norman Stageberg to Harvey Hess, 1958
Harvey Hess, journal, undated--Restricted use
Harvey Hess, Ruth Suckow essay
The coffee cantata, Malama Arts, 1985; libretto by Harvey Hess
Invitation to musical evening at Hess home, 1998
Modern haiku, volume X, number 3 (includes Hess poem)
Draftings in, volume 6, number 1 (includes Hess essay "The physiology of art in Bach and Milton"
Arkenstone, volume 2, issue 3 (includes Hess poem "Beck the rainbow")
Cedar Arts cultivator, volume 2, number 1 (includes Hess essay "An invitation to give ourselves a chance")
Newsclippings relating to artist John Thomas; reproductions of paintings of John Thomas
The oil paintings of John (Paul) Thomas, Malama Arts, 1999
Living in Iowa, #603, Harvey Hess (VHS videocassette)
Champagne Toast (VHS videocassette)
Reading of Hawaiian opera Esekela (Esther) (VHS videocassette)
Unlabeled VHS videocassette
Boxes 5-7--Restricted use
Articles, programs, and other published material by and about Harvey Hess, 1977-2003; most have dates and publication information, but many do not
Photograph of Harvey Hess
"This land planted; seeds of the prairie, farm, and education." 2004
Ars Oceania Incorporated prospectus and plans
Ha 'Ilono Mele, vol. 5, no. 2 (February 1979
Collection processed and described by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, November 2010; updated August 31, 2012 (GP).