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Ruth Koob papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0848

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Koob Collection consists of correspondence and training materials sent to Ruth Koob by The Frontier Press Company. The letters from R. L. Warner, a manager for the Frontier Press Company, are personal responses to Koob's reflections on her abilities as a saleswoman for the company. The training materials include speaking points, practice selling scripts, and weekly "stimulators" with inspirational selling stories and advice from others in the field.


  • Creation: 1934


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

Ruth Koob lived her adult life in Waverly, Iowa. In the summer for 1934 Koob began a 75 day contract with the Frontier Press Company as sales representative. In May of 1934, Koob attended a training seminar for the company in Des Moines to sell the Lincoln Library, a popular reference book. After her return to Waverly, she continued to receive words of encouragement and advice from her manager as well as weekly sales advice sheets.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Correspondence and training materials on selling the Lincoln Library, a popular reference book, sent to Ruth Koob by The Frontier Press Company.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 739) were donated by Kathryn Koob in 2011.


Andrea Kohashi, 2013
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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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