This collection is housed in two boxes, containing correspondence files, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The collection
is arranged in two series. Series one, Personal/Biographical Information is arranged alphabetically by assigned folder titles.
It offers information about Downey's personal life, writing career, and community involvement. Series two,
Santa Barbara News Press represents Downey’s fourteen-year career as a columnist with the
Santa Barbara News Press. This series is arranged chronologically and provides some insight into how Downey's career evolved.
William Downey, known to most as "Bill" was born June 15, 1922 in Ottumwa, Iowa. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois where
Downey attended elementary school and early high school. The family returned to Ottumwa following the death of his father.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps to fight in World War II. In 1945, after leaving the Marine
Corps, he returned to Iowa where he eventually owned and operated an auto repair shop in Des Moines, Iowa for over twenty
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