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Heather Heddens papers

Identifier: IWA1227

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Scope and Contents

The Heather Heddens papers date from 1945 to 2018 and measure 7.5 linear inches in 2 boxes. The papers are arranged in two series: Basketball and Artifacts.

The Basketball series (1945-2005) includes programs from the Iowa girls’ basketball championship, both when she was a player and an observer, along with materials on her high school basketball coach Vernon “Bud” McLearn, photographs of Heddens and her team, and newspapers featuring stories about 6 on 6 basketball.

The Artifact series (undated) is made up of a pair of Heddens’ old basketball Converse shoes.


  • Creation: 1945 - 2018


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

Heather Heddens, born in Burlington, Iowa, on February 27, 1955, was raised in Mediapolis, Iowa where she grew up attending and playing basketball games. In high school, Heddens was both valedictorian and athlete. Her 6 on 6 girls’ basketball team played in the Iowa State Championship tournament every year she was on the team. In 1973, Heddens helped the Mediapolis Bullettes go undefeated the entire season and win the State Championship.

After graduating from Mediapolis High school, she attended University of Iowa. While Heddens did not partake in collegiate basketball (University of Iowa collegiate women’s basketball started in 1974), she played for hours in the university gym and on the intramural coed team of her sorority. She became a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1980 and had a five-year stint as a captain in the US Air Force Dental Corp.

In 1986, Heddens moved back to Columbus Junction, Iowa. There, she started her own dentistry practice along with her very first high school girls’ basketball coaching position. Her first year as coach, they still played her game, 6 on 6. However, that would be the last year 6 on 6 basketball was played at Columbus Junction.

Heather Heddens would continue to coach for another three years. She would also become an adjunct associate professor in the College of Dentistry at her alma mater.


7.5 linear inches

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High school 6 on 6 basketball player who won the Iowa State Championship with the Mediapolis Bullettes in 1973 and later became a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1612) were donated by Heather Heddens in 2018 and subsequent years.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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