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Edna Herbst papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0536

Scope and Contents

The Edna Herbst papers date from 1998 to 2003 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers consist of Herbst's obituaries and a videotaped interview with Herbst about the history of broadcasting in Iowa.


  • 1924-2003
  • 1998-2003


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.

Biographical / Historical

Edna A. Herbst, a pioneer in Iowa broadcasting, was born in 1924 in Newton, Iowa. She graduated from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1946 with a degree in speech and journalism. While at the State University of Iowa, she was on staff at the university's radio station, WSUI. Herbst was also president of the University Women's Association and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Zeta Phi Eta and Delta Sigma Rho honorary speech fraternities, Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity, and Mortar Board.

Edna Herbst moved to Cedar Rapids in 1947 to become the promotion and program director for the Cedar Rapids Gazette's new radio station, KCRG. One of her first assignments was introducing FM radio to eastern Iowa. Herbst started working for KCRG-TV when it began operating in 1953. She rose from chief writer and editorialist to become the vice president and assistant general manager before retiring in 1986. Herbst died in 2003.


0.25 linear inches

One videocassette [V347]. other_unmapped


Videotaped interview with Herbst about the history of television broadcasting in Iowa, 1998.


One folder shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 886) were donated by Louise G. Roalson in 2003.
Elizabeth Engel, 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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