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Loren L. Hickerson Papers

Identifier: MsC0464

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 12 linear feet of shelf space. These records cover the years 1940 --1983 and are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence; the periodic additions are arranged in the same manner.

The collection contains material on many subjects including university affairs, city government, urban renewal, and promotion of the state of Iowa. The papers also contain an extensive collection of speeches given by Mr. Hickerson throughout his career and correspondence files with letters from such notables as: Howard R. Bowen, Willard L. Boyd, Virgil M. Hancher, Jack Miller, and Fred Schwengel.


  • Creation: 1940-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. This collection is housed at an offsite location. Please allow two-three business days for retrieval and arrival to main library.

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

Biographical / Historical

Loren L. Hickerson was born near Mount Ayr, Iowa, August 7, 1918. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1936 and from the University of Iowa in 1940 with a bachelors's degree in Journalism. On August 23, 1941 he married Ellen Christensen and they had two children, Karl and Sally. Loren Hickerson was assistant director of publications and editor of The Daily Iowan until 1942. During World War II, he served for two years on the aircraft carrier USS Langley in the Pacific theater of operations.

After the war, he returned to the University of Iowa as an instructor in the school of Journalism. From 1947 to 1966 he was Director of Alumni Records for the University of Iowa, and Executive Director of the Alumni Association. From 1966 to 1972 he served as Director of Community Relations for the University and from 1972 to 1980 he was Director of Community and Media Relations for the University of Iowa Center for the Arts.

Loren Hickerson also served on the City Council of Iowa City from 1966 to 1974, including two terms as mayor from 1968 to 1972. During this time he was involved in the controversies surrounding urban renewal in Iowa City. He provided strong leadership for Iowa City during the student protests against the Vietnam War. He was a highly sought after speaker and a productive writer who promoted pride in the state of Iowa and his community. He belonged to an extensive list of organizations, including the American Alumni Council, the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Commission on Social and Economic Trends in Iowa, Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity, and the State Municipal Laws Review Committee. Loren Hickerson died on August 24, 1989.


12.00 Linear Feet

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Director of Alumni Programs and Director of Community Relations for the University of Iowa and mayor of Iowa City. Subject files, correspondence, speeches, etc.

Method of Acquisition

Loren Hickerson and his wife Mrs. Hickerson began donating these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1985. Several additions have been received over the years.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)