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Heath Row Amateur Press Association Collection

Identifier: MsC0364

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a number of different materials relating to Heath Row's interests in amateur journalism ("ajay") and his membership in a number of amateur press associations ("apas"). Series I consists of amateur press association (apa) publication collations, or 'bundles' sent to apa members at regular intervals. In most apas, members submit copies of their publications to an Official Mailer (or Editor, who then collates the materials into 'bundles' and sends them to the membership so that each member has a copy of whatever publication the other members choose to print and distribute. The Row Collection organizes its bundles alphabetically by the name of the apa, and thereunder chronologically by the date sent. Oversize materials from each bundle have been unfolded and placed behind the smaller materials in the bundle - in folders that have bundles with oversize materials, these large and unfolded materials serve as the boundary between individual bundles. The Row Collection contains bundles for several ajay apas - the American Amateur Press Association (AAPA) and the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). There are also collated publications for a number of different genre apas. Series II consists almost entirely of the official organizational publications issued by AAPA and UAPA (the United Amateur Press Association of America, another general interest ajay association). Series III contains various ajay publications unattached to any particular bundle or collation. These items are arranged alphabetically by the title of the publication. Series IV consists of correspondence sent to Row from ajay friends and colleagues, as well as any miscellaneous items that may not fit logically into one of the preceding series.


  • Creation: 1934 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit


10.89 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Zine writer and editor, and member of multiple amateur press associations. Includes apa publications, apa official organs, and assorted loose ajay publications. Ajay/apa collection of a zine writer, editor and reviewer. Collection includes apa collations/bundles, individual publications, and apa official organs, together with miscellaneous materials such as Row's correspondence.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was initially donated by Heath Row in February 2010. Materials continue to be donated by Row periodically.

Related Materials

GERINGER, LAUREN, 1908-1992. Lauren Geringer Papers, 1919-1992. 1.75 ft. Iowa City printer and author. The bulk of the collection is comprised of monthly bundles from amateur press associations during 1990 and 1991, including the Amalgamated Printers Association, the National Amateur Press Association, and Peat's press. Items from Geringer's Press, clippings about Geringer, a miscellaneous collection of samples of printing, and several editions of his small journal, People Watcher make up the remainderof the collection. MsC 847. HORVAT, M. The M. Horvat Collection of Genre Apazines, 1943, 1945, 1958-2002. A collection of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and other genre "apazines" (informal publications similar to newsletters or fanzines, and published by fan groups called Amateur Press Associations, or "apas"). MsC825. MILLER, GUY. Guy Miller Amateur Printing Collection, 1934 - 1989. 0.8 ft. Collection of amateur print publications, most dating from the early and mid 20th century. MsC 881. RUBEN, ELLIOTT M., 1916-2009. Elliott M. Ruben Amateur Press Association Collection, 1926-2009. 30 ft. Amateur journalist and member of a number of amateur press associations. Bundles of apa publications, apa official journals, correspondence, official apa documents, and Ruben's childhood efforts at printing. MsC336. TURNEPSEED, WILLAMETTA, 1909-1989. Papers of Burton Jay Smith and Willametta Turnepseed, 1941-1944. 0.8 ft. Correspondence, chiefly love letters, between amateur printers Smith and Turnepseed, together with a few additional materials, including copies of their co-edited Literary Newsette. Many of Smith's letters document his activities training as a navigator in the United States Army Air Force, 1943-1944. MsC868.

Jeremy Brett, February 2010
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