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Roy Hoopes papers


Roy Hoopes papers
Hoopes, Roy
Collection number:
2003-166, 2007-30, 2009-8
104.5 linear feet
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Literature and Rare Books
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Roy Hoopes (1922- ), author, journalist, photographer, and editor was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, he grew up in Washington, DC, where his family moved when he was four. After active duty in the Naval Reserves in WWII, he completed his M.A. in 1948 at George Washington University, where he had previously completed his A.B. in 1943. Thereafter he edited and wrote for various magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, Playboy, Modern Maturity, and Maryland, for which he wrote a regular series of articles on Maryland writers. In addition, Hoopes wrote a weekly newspaper column on current events for the Berkshire (MA) Eagle under the pseudonym Peter Potomac from 1957 to 1977. Hoopes was the author of more than thirty books. He was the official biographer of James M. Cain and Ralph Ingersoll as well as co-author of the biography of Mormon apostle Rudger Clawson, of whom he is a descendent. He has written works of fiction such as Our Man in Washington as well as many non-fiction books including When the Stars Went to War, Americans Remember the Home Front and The Peace Corps Experience. Hoopes took up photography in 1969 and provided his own photographs for his books and for many articles. This collection includes drafts of books and magazine articles, research for both published and unpublished articles and books, photographs, serials, correspondence, and original artwork by political cartoonists Richard M. Powers and Herblock. The collection is unprocessed, but a preliminary inventory is available.

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