H.W. Whicker papers, 1929-1955

Overview of the Collection

Whicker, H.W. (Harold Wave), 1895-1955
H.W. Whicker papers
1929-1955 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 789
H.W. Whicker was an author and professor who taught at The University of Montana and other universities. This collection contains correspondence between Whicker and various publisher's of his work, as well as published works mentioned in the correspondence.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

H.W. (Harold Wave) Whicker was born in Columbia City, Indiana in 1895. Whicker graduated from Indiana University before serving in World War I. Whicker relocated to the Pacific Northwest after the war and attended State Normal School at Cheney, which is currently known as Eastern Washington University. Attending school in Cheney, Whicker met his wife Meta. H.W. and Meta continued their education at State College of Washington in Pullman (now Washington State University). After graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts, Whicker taught English at State College before attending the University of Washington as a graduate student of English, History and Government. He continued in academia teaching at the University of Montana, the University of Maine, and the Naval Academy. By 1936, H.W. and Meta returned to the Pacific Northwest where they lived out their retirement. Whicker published one book length work titled Silver Strike: The True Story of Silver Mining in the Coeur d'Alenes, which is an account by William T. Stoll as recorded and edited by Whicker. Whicker also published a number of short stories and essays, including works in Frontier and Midland, Scribner's Magazine, and the North American Review. Whicker passed away in 1955 in Oak Knoll, California.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains correspondence to Whicker from magazine editors regarding the printing of original works by Whicker. These include letters from Doubleday, Fiction Parade, Story, and the Atlantic Monthly. The letters also track Whicker's many residences in the Northwest from Marshfield, Oregon to Guemes Island, Washington. One of the works referenced in the correspondence is an unpublished novel titled Cardiac Island. Also included in the collection are copies of works mentioned in the correspondence. Specifically, these include a copy of an essay titled "The Spirit of the Game," printed in Scribner's Magazine in 1929 and two stories. One story is "All-American," reprinted in Fiction Parade in 1936, and the other is "Voyageur," printed in Story in 1935.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright was not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], H.W. Whicker Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Materials are organized into two folders, one for correspondence and the other for published materials.

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired from Mrs. H.W. Whicker.

Processing Note

Materials in the collection were foldered and only magazines containing material directly related to the correspondence in the collection were retained.


The Mansfield Library holds the following volume of selected works by Whicker:

Whicker, H.W. Harold Wave Whicker, 1895-1955: A Brief Selection from his Work as Author and Artist, Lunenburg, VT, Stinehour Press, 1967.

Related Materials

The Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections holds Whicker's collection of literary manuscripts and rare books. These materials are collectively known as the Whicker Collection. Many of the manuscripts have been digitized and may be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Harold Wave Whicker Collection

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Correspondence 1930-1955
1/2 Published materials 1929-1936

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Authors and publishers--United States--Correspondence.

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Faculty.


  • Authors, American.