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Arlene Mineck papers

Identifier: IWA0944

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Scope and Contents

The Arlene Mineck papers date from 1939 to 2010 and measure 12.25 linear inches. The series is arranged in five series: Biographical, Professional, Artwork and Clippings, Artifacts, and Audiovisual.

The Biographical series (1939-2010) consists of photocopies of Mineck’s marriage certificate, of birth and baptism records, correspondence, and a notebook titled “Church Painting.” Also included are two handwritten memoirs by Mineck (one about the Pearl Harbor attack) and a memoir by Reverend Maas, who was a minister in Lowden, Iowa.

The Professional series (1986-2008) includes newspapers featuring Mineck and her artwork; greeting cards; exhibit invitations; brochures; correspondence to and from customers; lists of paintings displayed and sold at exhibits; exhibit information; and receipts.

The Artwork and Clippings series (1965-2008) consists of paintings, sketches, and magazine clippings, some organized into three binders. A sketchbook and three art journals are also included, along with a 1965 reprint of a booklet entitled The Country Kitchen 1850, which was found in Art Journal II.

The Artifacts series (undated) includes a green box filled with handwritten art lesson plans on index cards. There are also three unfinished landscape paintings on canvas, one of which is 7.5 x 10 inches and two that are 10 x 15.5 inches.

The Audiovisual series (undated) includes 11 discs. The first nine hold digital copies of several of Mineck’s paintings. The final two discs contain a student-made web page about Mineck’s life and artwork as well as audio clips of an interview the student conducted with Mineck.


  • Creation: 1939-2010


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

Arlene Baumhoefener Mineck, watercolor painter and teacher, was born February 11, 1917 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She grew up in an old farm house with her brother Carl and sister Velma. Mineck attended her freshman year of college at Coe College, but graduated from Iowa State University in 1938 with a degree in home economics.

She married William Mineck a year later, in 1939. Together, the couple took over the Mineck family business as grocery store owners. Mineck attended evening painting classes and also created ads for the store. In 1970, due to her husband’s failing health, they sold the store. When he passed away in 1972, Mineck began taking art classes at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, earning a degree in art education. She taught for eight years at Polk Elementary after a year of substituting around the Cedar Rapids school district.

Mineck also began traveling to Europe, taking along her sketchbook and painting kit. While traveling, Mineck attended many professional art workshops, including an Italian art school called La Romita. The artwork she created in Europe and around Iowa were shown and sold at several art exhibits.


12.25 linear inches (Alt. Extent Statement: 11 CDs [d0192 - d0202])

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Watercolor painter and art teacher from the Cedar Rapids area.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1343) were donated by Steven Mineck in 2016.

Rachel Black, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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