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Roy Hoopes papers

 Collection 0067-LIT

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 This collection includes drafts of books and magazine articles, research for both published and unpublished articles and books, photographs, serials, correspondence, and original artwork by political cartoonists Richard M. Powers and Herblock.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.


  • 1941-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1990

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


104.50 Linear Feet

Guide to the Roy Hoopes papers
Minimally Processed
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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Hornbake Library
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College Park Maryland 20742