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Anita Lowry papers

Identifier: IWA0300

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Scope and Contents

The Anita Lowry papers date from 1982 to 1996 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Information Arcade, University of Iowa Libraries and Scholarly Writings.

The Information Arcade series (1987-1995) includes papers regarding the University of Iowa's Information Arcade, a "...library facility designed to support the use of electronic resources in teaching, learning and research." ("The Information Arcade: A Library and Electronic Learning Facility for 2000 and Beyond").

The Scholarly Writings series (1982-1995) includes articles written, co-written, or compiled by Lowry during her professional career. Both series are arranged alphabetically by folder title.


  • Creation: 1982-1996


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

Anita K. Lowry was born on February 26, 1950 in Logansport, Indiana to Dr. Charles Haven and Norma Lee McClintock Lowry. She graduated from high school in Logansport, and later graduated with a B.A. in comparative literature from Indiana University. She continued her studies and received an M.S. in library service from Columbia University, and also an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University. Anita Lowry married W. Dwight Van Horn III in June 1980 in Mount Kisco, New York. L

owry also was employed at Columbia University for twenty years, where she was the Deputy Head of the Butler Reference Department and co-founder and director of the Library's Electronic Text Service. In 1993, Lowry was hired by the University of Iowa Libraries to head the newly established Information Arcade at the Main Library. There she actively continued her long-standing interest in electronic resources for research and teaching. Lowry died in July 1996 following heart surgery.


5.00 linear inches

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University of Iowa Librarian who was the first head of the Information Arcade at the University of Iowa Libraries, 1992-1996.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 410) were donated by Dwight VanHorn in 1997.

Lisa Peperkorn, 1997.
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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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