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Gerald Bogan Papers

Identifier: MsC0352

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Gerald L. Bogan date from 1947 to 1986 and measure seven linear feet. Mr. Bogan gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years and each year's addition is arranged alphabetically. The papers reflect Bogan's involvement in Iowa politics with folders about specific candidates, their campaigns, and Republican party platforms together with issues ranging from annual legislative sessions to reapportionment. His lobbying and consulting careers are represented with materials such as those regarding the Iowa Good Roads Association and lowans for Right to Work. Correspondence files include letters from Robert K. Beck, Terry E. Branstad, Charles Grassley, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Roger Jepsen, Robert D. Ray, Mary Louise Smith, Neal Smith, and Tom Tauke.


  • Creation: 1947-1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1962-1976


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Gerald Leroy Bogan was born on April 19, 1912, in Clarinda, Iowa. He graduated from Clarinda High School and attended junior college there. He also attended the Institute for Association Management at Michigan State University. Bogan's career started on his hometown newspaper where he worked as a reporter and editor. In 1941, he joined United Press in Des Moines and became its Iowa manager. From 1947 to 1948, he worked as the news director for the Iowa Daily Press Association. An active Republican, Bogan became the publicity director for the Iowa Republican Party in 1949. His career as a lobbyist began with the Good Road Association. This group lobbied for road improvements in Iowa and Bogan served as the executive secretary from 1953 to 1960. He joined Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper's staff in 1960, and worked as his legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. Returning to Iowa, Bogan formed a public relations firm called Public Affairs Consultants. In 1965, he became the first manager of lowans for Right to Work. He was executive secretary of this group and remained with them until his retirement in April 1986. Four months later, Gerald L. Bogan died of cancer.


7.00 Linear Feet

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Public affairs consultant. Subject files and correspondence relating to his activities inIowa politics, elections, and the Republican Party. Topics include annual legislative sessions, reapportionment, Iowans for Right to Work, and Iowa Good Roads Association.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Gerald Bogan in 1977-1986.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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