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Imogene Hub newsletter

 Collection
Identifier: IWA0878
The Imogene Hub newsletters date from 1981 to 2014, measure 1 linear foot, and are arranged chronologically.

Dates

  • 1981-2014

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The newsletters are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Extent

1.00 linear foot

Abstract

Humorous newsletter written and edited by Veronica Keasling following the lives of the residents of Imogene, Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

The Imogene Hub, whose tagline reads "the hub of the universe," was edited and published by Veronica Keasling. In an effort to encourage recipients to open and read billing statements, the paper began in 1981 as a monthly newsletter to accompany bill statements. Residents of Imogene receiving the Imogene Hub newsletter with their bills began to seek out the paper in other venues around town and eventually the popularity of the publication grew to accommodate a subscription service list of 1,000 and a stock list of vendors in Imogene and its surrounding towns. What began as a one page mimeographed letter sized sheet developed into a tabloid. The paper is comprised of mostly humorous and sometimes serious anecdotes and reports about the people and happenings in Imogene, Iowa. Columns written by different townspeople appear in occasional issues though most stories were gathered and written by Keasling herself. In addition to having the support of local residents, who reported their own daily humorous stories to Keasling, advertisements for local businesses were a prominent portion of each publication and represented a wide variety of local sponsors for the newsletter.

Method of Acquisition

The newsletters were donated by Veronica Keasling [donor no. 208] in 1994.

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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