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Helen Gunderson papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0286

Scope and Contents

The Helen D. Gunderson papers date from 1994 to 2004 and measure 1 linear inch. They consist of two folders and a videocassette. The first folder contains photographs Gunderson took of the Suffrage Day Parade on Equality Day in Des Moines in 1995. It includes a photo of Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith, and many photos of women with ERA NOW and other banners. The second folder contains a CD (and some hard copies) of documents related to the local government of Gilbert, Iowa, dating from 1999 to 2004. These include editorials Gunderson published in the Gilbert Gazette, an unofficial community web site that she started, and emails between Gunderson and city officials related to issues of open government and the transformation of a farm town to a suburban area. The videocassette, produced by Gunderson and Robert B. Lindemeyer in 1994, is titled "Doing Local History With Video." It includes interviews with Mary Bennett and Loren Horton of the State Historical Society of Iowa, and Iowa historian Dorothy Schweider of Iowa State University. The videocassette was removed from papers donated by Verda Williams and placed with Gunderson's collection.


  • Creation: 1994-2004


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

Independent photographer, video producer, and regional historian Helen D. Gunderson, a fourth generation Iowan, was born in 1945 to Marion Abbott Gunderson and Deane Gunderson. She was raised with her five siblings on a farm in northwest Iowa near the town of Rolfe. Gunderson earned a BA in physical education at Iowa State University in 1967, an MA in Instructional Media Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1975, and a Master of Divinity Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1985. Gunderson returned to Iowa in 1993 and took up residence in Gilbert, Iowa, where she started Gunder-friend Productions and served on the city council from 2000 to 2002. Gunderson's photographs, videos, and books interpret the history, culture, and heritage of rural Iowa.


1.00 linear inch

1 videocassettes (1 videocassette [V339])

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Papers include photographs of 1995 suffrage parade and Iowa ERA rallies.


Two folders, shelved in SCVF; one videocassette [V339] shelved in videocassette collection.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 391) were donated by Helen D. Gunderson in 1995 and succeeding years.

Related Materials

Helen D. Gunderson Papers, Iowa State University, Parks Library, Special Collections Department, Ames, Iowa.

Sharon M. Lake , 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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