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Mary Brubaker papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0590

Scope and Contents

The Mary Brubaker papers date from 1999 and measure 0.5 linear inches. They consist of a profile and postcard photograph of Mary Brubaker, original and edited copies of Brubaker's chapter, "The Women Who Helped to Keep the Peace," from the book Behind the Badge: Stories and Pictures from the DMPD, and a newspaper clipping which discusses that book. A copy of the book is shelved with printed works at the Iowa Women's Archives.


  • Creation: 1999


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Brubaker was born in Des Moines and attended Kirkwood, Callanan and Roosevelt schools. She received a B.F.A. from Drake University in 1957, where she later did post-graduate work and earned a teaching certificate. In the early sixties her first opportunity in television was as an 'exercise girl' on The Mary Jane Chinn Show. In 1967 she became the host and producer of The Mary Brubaker Show. For fourteen years she produced a live half-hour talk show in which she interviewed local and national celebrities and featured medical, political, home improvement, and fashion news. As the first female reporter on Channel 8 Television in Des Moines, she hosted telethons, fundraisers and live broadcasts of the Drake University Relays Parades and produced weekly public affairs shows. She has been a host of WOI-Radio's 'Iowa Week' programs and a frequent speaker for non-profit agencies. She wrote one chapter in a book entitled Behind the Badge: Stories and Pictures from the DMPD (Des Moines Police Department). Her chapter, 'The Women Who Helped Keep the Peace,' tells the history of the many police women in the Des Moines force. Among these is Brubaker's grandmother, Carrie Cutler Goff, appointed police matron in 1925 and policewoman in 1932. She died in 1939. Brubaker and her husband Ted Brubaker were the parents of a son also named Ted.


0.25 linear inches

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Des Moines television reporter and producer. The papers include materials about Brubaker's grandmother who worked for the Des Moines Police Department in the 1920s and 1930s.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no.716) were donated by Mary Brubaker in 2000.

Related Materials

Roxanne Conlin Papers (IWA): This collection contains an audiocassette of Mary Brubaker doing a People's press conference with Roxanne Conlin in 1979. Shelved in the audiocassette collection at the Iowa Women's Archives, AC 307.

Margaret Richardson, 2001.
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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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