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Lester L. Kluever Papers

Identifier: MsC0338

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Scope and Contents

The Lester L. Kluever collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically within each subject. Materials document his political career and include correspondence, subject files, and election materials. The correspondence is divided into categories such as letters from constituents, letters concerning specific legislative sessions or issues, letters requesting favors or information, etc. Notable correspondents include Robert D. Ray, William J. Scherle, Jack Miller, and Ben F. Jensen. Some folders are strictly political in nature, dealing with the Republican Party, elections, and campaign issues. The vast majority of this collection, however, is made up of subject files relating to legislative issues ranging from apportionment to liquor laws and public utilities to pari-mutuel betting.


  • Creation: 1949-1970


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Lester Luverne Kluever (1920 -- 1991) was born on a farm near Atlantic, Iowa. He earned his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1947. In 1950, he completed his law degree at Iowa. He entered into a legal practice, Kluever & Van Ginkel, in his hometown. Lester L. Kluever was a Republican member of the state legislature from 1956 to 1970. He belonged to numerous professional, civic, and charitable organizations including the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and the Farm Bureau. Kluever died of a heart attack at the age of seventy.


6.00 Linear Feet

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Iowa state representative and attorney. Correspondence, political files relating to elections and campaigns, and subject folders with topics ranging from apportionment to liquor laws document his legislative service.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Lester Kluever in 1976.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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