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Dorothy Rubenstein papers

Identifier: IWA0739

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Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Rubenstein papers date from 1928 to 2004 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers consist of biographical information about Rubenstein's education, career, friends and family.


  • Creation: 1928-2004


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Rubenstein was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1910. After graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1928, Rubenstein attended Fort Dodge Junior College through 1930. Rubenstein attended the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) and graduated with honors from the School of Journalism and Communication in 1932. Rubenstein made her career in Federal Service; she worked for the Federal Civil Service in Des Moines and Omaha, the United States Army Engineers, and Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. When she retired in 1969, Rubenstein held over 36 years of Federal Service Credit. Between 1980-1989 Rubenstein lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and later in Des Moines, Iowa, with her long time companion William Little. In 1996, Rubenstein established the Dorothy Rubenstein Award for students in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Rubenstein died in 2004.


2.50 linear inches

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Federal Civil Service employee who graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Communication in 1932.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 956) were donated by the University of Iowa Foundation in 2005.

Related Materials

Dorothy Ashby Pownall papers (IWA): Dorothy Ashby Pownall, an Iowa journalist and the wife of Fred Pownell, oversaw the Daily Iowan from 1927-1962. They were both connected with the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Communication when Dorothy Rubenstein was a student.

Lindsay E. Shannon, 2009.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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