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Karen Goodenow papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0233

Scope and Contents

The Karen Goodenow papers date from 1980 to 1993 and measure 1 linear inch.  The papers consist of a biographical statement and copies of many of the speeches Goodenow gave on the subject of education and educational reform to a variety of audiences


  • Creation: 1980-1993


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

Karen Kolbe Goodenow, an educator, was born on January 26, 1938 in Carroll, Iowa, and raised in Lakeview, Iowa. She received her B.S. degree from Drake University. An elementary school teacher, she served on numerous boards and task forces at the local, state, and national level. Karen Goodenow lived in Wall Lake, Iowa, for twenty five years before moving to Okoboji. Goodenow served on the Wall Lake School Board, the Iowa State Board of Education, and the Board of the National State Boards of Education. She also served as a site evaluator in 1989 for the United States Department of Education for the "Secondary School Recognition Program." Goodenow is a member of the Drake Board of Governors and the Iowa Public Television Foundation Board. She was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to the Iowa International Development Foundation, and served from 1990 to 1995. She is also active in Dickinson County Republican Women.


1.00 linear inch

Language of Materials



Elementary and high school teacher who has served on local and state boards of education.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 320) were donated by Karen Goodenow in 1995.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
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