Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 599
Clark Mollenhoff
Papers, 1968-1990

Descriptive summary

creator: Mollenhoff, Clark
title: Papers
dates: 1968-1990
extent: 10.4 linear feet (8 records center cartons)
collection number: MS 599
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Clark Mollenhoff Papers, MS 599, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Clark Mollenhoff was the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who wrote Atanasoff: Forgotten Father of the Computer (Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1988). In his book he documents the Honeywell v. Sperry Rand, in which the court ruled in favor of Honeywell's argument that Atanasoff was the inventor of the first electronic digital computer. Mollenhoff was a professor of Journalism at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia.

Clark Mollenhoff was also a distinguished investigative reporter and legal consultant. A graduate of Drake University Law School, Mollenhoff won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting while working for the Des Moines Register as an investigative reporter and Washington Correspondent, positions he held for more than 35 years. As Washington bureau chief in 1973, he became involved with the Atanasoff story. Mr. Mollenhoff received more than 25 major awards in 45 years as an investigative reporter, author, and lecturer on fraud and corruption in government and other American institutions. He was the author of 10 other books in his field.


Collection description

This collection (1968-1990) contains Clark Mollenhoff's subject files on John Vincent Atanasoff and the J. V. Atanasoff Trial. Atanasoff developed a prototype of the Atanasoff Berry Computer (ABC) at Iowa State University in 1939, though a final version was never completed.

Materials in this collection include correspondence, depositions, photographs, publications, and videocassette tapes.


Container list

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