Richard Panek Waterloo Diamonds Collection

Manuscript Record Series: MsC-59

Richard Panek, Papers, 1983-1995. 7 linear feet.


Richard Panek

Richard Panek was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism and the Iowa Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and many other publications. He won a PEN award for his short fiction. In addition to Waterloo Diamonds, he has also published Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens, Viking, New York, 1998.


This collection consists of material assembled by Richard Panek while researching and writing his book on the Waterloo, Iowa, baseball team, the Waterloo Diamonds. This research and writing culminated in Waterloo Diamonds, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995.

Because Mr. Panek anchored his book firmly in the Waterloo baseball team's historical, social, political, economic, and personal background, the collection of material ranges from baseball memorabilia, through team owners' meeting minutes, to extensive newsclippings. This material documents the way that the Waterloo minor league baseball franchise struggled in its final years before the franchise owners finally sold it. The book is a fine baseball history, but it is also an excellent look at the Waterloo community in the early 1990s. The collection reflects Mr. Panek's deep reflection on his subject.

This collection offers researchers an opportunity to study closely the final years of minor league baseball in Waterloo and the reasons for the team's ultimate failure to survive in that city. The collection also offers a chance to see a writer at work: Mr. Panek's extensive notes and recorded interviews illustrate the painstaking process of putting together a work of historical research.

Richard Panek donated this collection to the University Archives in 2003. Gerald L. Peterson arranged the collection. In most cases, original newsclippings were destroyed after being copied onto archival paper.

Container Inventory

Box 1

  • Midwest League record books, 1992-1993
  • Midwest League yearbooks, 1991-1992
  • Midwest League by-laws, amended 1987
  • Midwest League All-Star game, 1992
  • Midwest League standings and statistics, April-September, 1992
  • Waterloo Indians (later Diamonds) yearbooks, 1978-1980, 1982-1993
  • Waterloo Diamonds and opponents rosters and statistics, 1992
  • Waterloo Diamonds Board of Directors minutes, 1992-1994
  • Waterloo Diamonds financial statements, 1992-1993
  • Waterloo Diamonds Diamond Notes, 1990-1993
  • Waterloo Municipal Stadium and promotional activities
  • Correspondence from Jerome Klinkowitz
  • Articles by Jerome Klinkowitz
  • Waterloo baseball history--Steve Maravetz's A Love Affair with the Bush Leagues
  • Waterloo clippings and promotional information
  • Waterloo Diamonds statistics, correspondence, miscellaneous information, 1992
  • Information on minor league baseball in other cities

Box 2

This box includes material assembled in the writing of Waterloo Diamonds, including contacts and research plans, planning and editing, original notes, printouts of notes, editing notes, a printout of the final draft, correspondence received after the book's publication, photographs, and travel and expenses.

Box 3

This box includes local historical information, articles on baseball history, and newsclippings on baseball and local political, social, and economic conditions.

  • Waterloo--Factory City of Iowa, 1986
  • T Remembers, by Loren Thomas, 1986
  • Waterloo and Deere & Company history
  • Professional Baseball Agreement, 1990
  • Quad City River Bandits media guide, 1992
  • Proposed amendments, baseball winter meetings, 1992
  • Cooperstown symposium, 1989
  • Inside Baseball, Goldstein, 1992
  • Playing the Game at Wrigley Field, Jerome Klinkowitz, 1987
  • Remembering their Glory, Young, 1975
  • Shades of Blue, Roger Angell, 1992
  • Pafko at the Wall, 1992
  • Dinosaur, Roger Angell, 1992
  • Waterloo note from Glory of their Times, Ritter
  • Rath Packing Company
  • Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development, Johnson
  • Minor League Baseball, Sports Illustrated, 1990
  • Profile of Early Black Hawk County, Glenda Riley
  • Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James
  • Story of Minor League Baseball
  • Primitive Baseball, Harvey Frommer
  • The Great San Diego Fire Sale
  • Moneyball!
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Iowa Cubs
  • Kane County Cougars
  • Peoria Chiefs
  • Newsclippings on baseball and conditions affecting baseball, especially in Waterloo

Box 4

This box includes further clippings on baseball and conditions affecting baseball, especially in Waterloo. It also includes cassettes of oral interviews conducted for Waterloo Diamonds and a collection of baseball memorabilia relating to Waterloo baseball in the early 1990s. This memorabilia includes baseball cards, baseballs, pennants, and souvenirs.

Box 5

This box includes newclippings of material related to baseball, especially in Waterloo.

Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, March-April, 2003.

Last modified: April 24, 2003 (GP)

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