Richard Panek. Papers, 1983-1995

Collection Overview

Title: Richard Panek. Papers, 1983-1995

Record Series: MsC-59

Creator: Richard Panek

Date: 1983-1995

Extent: 6.52 linear feet, 5 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.  

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material. Some material is recorded on obsolete technology (audiocassettes). There are no transcriptions of these.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Richard Panek Papers, 1983-1995, Manuscript Record Series MsC-59, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa  

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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 in which 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. 


Box 1

Folder 1: Midwest League record books, 1992-1993

Folder 2: Midwest League yearbooks, 1991-1992

Folder 3: Midwest League by-laws, amended 1987

Folder 4: Midwest League All-Star game, 1992

Folder 5: Midwest League standings and statistics, April-September, 1992

Folder 6: Waterloo Indians (later Diamonds) yearbooks, 1978-1980, 1982-1993

Folder 7: Waterloo Diamonds and opponents rosters and statistics, 1992

Folder 8: Waterloo Diamonds Board of Directors minutes, 1992-1994

Folder 9: Waterloo Diamonds financial statements, 1992-1993

Folder 10: Waterloo Diamonds Diamond Notes, 1990-1993

Folder 11: Waterloo Municipal Stadium and promotional activities

Folder 12: Correspondence from Jerome Klinkowitz

Folder 13: Articles by Jerome Klinkowitz

Folder 14: Waterloo baseball history--Steve Maravetz's A Love Affair with the Bush Leagues

Folder 15: Waterloo clippings and promotional information

Folder 16: Waterloo Diamonds statistics, correspondence, miscellaneous information, 1992

Folder 17: Information on minor league baseball in other cities

Box 2

This box includes material assembled in the writing of Waterloo Diamonds.

Folder 1: Contacts and research plans

Folder 2: Planning and editing

Folder 3: Original notes

Folder 4: Printouts of notes

Folder 5: Editing notes

Folder 6: Printout of the final draft

Folder 7: Correspondence received after the book's publication

Folder 8: Photographs

Folder 9: Travel and expenses.

Box 3

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

Folder 1: Waterloo--Factory City of Iowa, 1986

Folder 2: T Remembers, by Loren Thomas, 1986

Folder 3: Waterloo and Deere & Company history

Folder 4: Professional Baseball Agreement, 1990

Folder 5: Quad City River Bandits media guide, 1992

Folder 6: Proposed amendments, baseball winter meetings, 1992

Folder 7: Cooperstown symposium, 1989

Folder 8: Inside Baseball, Goldstein, 1992

Folder 9: Playing the Game at Wrigley Field, Jerome Klinkowitz, 1987

Folder 10: Remembering their Glory, Young, 1975

Folder 11: Shades of Blue, Roger Angell, 1992

Folder 12: Pafko at the Wall, 1992

Folder 13: Dinosaur, Roger Angell, 1992

Folder 14: Waterloo note from Glory of their Times, Ritter

Folder 15: Rath Packing Company

Folder 16: Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development, Johnson

Folder 17: Minor League Baseball, Sports Illustrated, 1990

Folder 18: Profile of Early Black Hawk County, Glenda Riley

Folder 19: Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James

Folder 20: Story of Minor League Baseball

Folder 21: Primitive Baseball, Harvey Frommer

Folder 22: The Great San Diego Fire Sale

Folder 23: Moneyball!

Folder 24: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Folder 25: Iowa Cubs

Folder 26: Kane County Cougars

Folder 27: Peoria Chiefs

Folder 28: News clippings on baseball and conditions affecting baseball, especially in Waterloo

Box 4

Folder 1: Further clippings on baseball and conditions affecting baseball, especially in Waterloo

Folder 2: Cassettes of oral interviews conducted for Waterloo Diamonds

Folder 3: A collection of baseball memorabilia relating to Waterloo baseball in the early 1990s.

  • Baseball cards
  • Baseballs
  • Pennants
  • Souvenirs.

Box 5

All folders: This box includes new clippings of material related to baseball, especially in Waterloo.

Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, March-April, 2003; modified, February 2, 2015 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.

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