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Rosemary Sackett papers

Identifier: IWA0230

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Scope and Contents

The Rosemary Sackett papers date from 1960 to 1996 and measure 3.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Personal and Professional.

The Personal series consists mostly of Sackett's writings for children along with the Morgan family history which contains information about Josiah and Lucy Jane Smith Shaw. Also included is "One of Us," Sackett's memories of her teenage years in Pocahontas, Iowa, and of her acquaintance with the serial killer Robert Hansen whose story is related in the book Butcher, Baker by Walter Gilmour and Leland E. Hale (1991). A copy of Butcher, Baker is included in the collection.

The Professional series makes up the bulk of the collection and consists of newspaper clippings concerning Sackett's court cases and legal interests.


  • Creation: 1960-1996


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

With the exception of published writings, copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Rosemary Shaw Sackett, Iowa lawyer and judge, was born in 1940 to Frank W. and Irene Rafferty Shaw in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Shaw received her B.A. from Buena Vista College, her J.D. from Drake University Law School, and her L.L.M from University of Virginia Law School. She married Robert "Bill" Sackett in 1964 and went into law practice with him in the firm of Sackett and Sackett. She was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1983, and was elected chief judge in 1996. Sackett is the first woman to occupy the position in the court´s 20-year history.


3.50 linear inches

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Lawyer and justice on Iowa Court of Appeals.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 316) were donated by Rosemary Sackett in 1995.

Related Materials

Edith Sackett papers (IWA): Edith Sackett was Rosemary Sackett's mother-in-law.

Kristen Rassbach, 1996.
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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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