Carl Heintze Literary Manuscripts

Identifier: 92-25

Scope and Contents

The Carl Heintze Literary Manuscripts collection is divided into eight series, the bulk of which consist of Heintze's unpublished works. The smallest of the series, Series 1, contains personal memorabilia. The balance of the series consist of early writings, unpublished novels, short stories (also unpublished), and both published and unpublished non-fiction book-length works. This series includes copies of all of Heintze's books of science for young people and unpublished memoirs of his military service during World War II. A second donation of materials contains letters Heintze wrote to his mother from 1940-1946.

Many of Heintze's manuscripts center on personal events and familiar locations: growing up in the Napa Valley, Europe and WWII, backpacking, and mountain climbing, for example. His science books developed out of his professional work as a public relations specialist for the Institute of Medical Research in San Jose. Heintze practiced what many teachers advocate: write what you know about. His letters to his mother are especially valuable as they provide a detailed account of a young man's WWII military life. The collection also includes a number of photos of Carl Heintz and his family.


  • 1922-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Literary rights retained by author; copies may be made and work must be cited in publications.

Biographical Note

Carl Feodor Heintze was born in Sacramento, California on June 18, 1922. He grew up in Napa, California, and graduated from Napa High School in 1940. Heintze attended Stanford University until 1943; in September of that year he was inducted into the United States Army. He served in Belgium and Germany during World War II, then graduated with a BA from Stanford University in 1947. Subsequently he received an MS in journalism from Columbia University, where he was a Fellow in the Advanced Science Writing Program.

Heintze worked for the San Jose News (California) and was a reporter and editor for the San Jose Mercury. He later served as a public relations specialist for the Institute of Medical Research in San Jose. He was the winner of the 1967 Arthritis Foundation writing award and the 1967 Associated Press Writing Award for northern California.

Carl Heintze died in Los Gatos, California on September 4, 2014.


4 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

.932 Gigabytes (10 digital surrogates of 5 physical photos)

Language of Materials



Carl Feodor Heintze (1922-2014) worked for the San Jose News (California) and was a reporter and editor for the San Jose Mercury. The collection includes unpublished manuscripts, novels, non-fiction work, short stories, and poems. Also included is correspondence from Heintze to his mother documents his Army experience during World War II and overseas experiences in France.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Personal Papers; 2) School Work; 3) Unpublished Novels; 4) Short Stories; 5) Non-fiction; 6) Correspondence; 7) Christine Dunn Collection of Carl Heintze Material; 8)Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carl F. Heintze in two parts in July 1992. Most recent accrual: 2012. Additional material received from Christine Dunn in July 2020.


Heintze began writing while in high school, editing a Boy Scout newsletter and authoring a column for his high school newspaper. He has written numerous poems, short stories, and novels; and a reminiscence of his World War II experiences. He is the author of nine science books for young people. They are:
  • Search Among the Stars. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1966.
  • The Circle of Fire: the Great Chain of Volcanoes and Earth Faults. New York: Meredith Press, 1968.
  • A Million Locks and Keys: the Story of Immunology. New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1969.
  • The Priceless Pump: the Human Heart. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1972.
  • Genetic Engineering: Man and Nature in Transition. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1974.
  • The Bottom of the Sea and Beyond. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1975.
  • Summit Lake: Four Seasons in the Sierras. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1976.
  • The Biosphere. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1977.
  • Medical Ethics. New York: Franklin Watts, 1987.

Processing Information

Originally, photographs in the collection were stored as a separate photographic collection (UNRS-P1993-14). This collection was rejoined to the rest of the collection in June 2021. These materials can now be found in Series 8: Photographs. Additionally, ten additional photos were received separate from the original collection and digitized. These photos and are available to view upon request.


Guide to the Carl Heintze Literary Manuscripts
Susan Searcy
July 1992
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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