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Blanche Redman papers

Identifier: IWA0971

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Content Description

The Blanche Redman papers date from 1921 to 1994 and measure 7.5 linear inches. The collection is divided into three series: General, New Deal Art in Iowa, and Writing.

The General (1973-1994) series concerns Redman’s personal interests and her extended family. The Biographical folder contains Redman’s obituary, and a newspaper article about the Redman family in Ottumwa, Iowa. This series includes materials about Redman’s chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW and photographs of Redman. This series also contains two photographs and a newspaper article about the Kozlen and Dine families, relatives of Redman’s niece, Betty Redman Kozlen.

The New Deal Art in Iowa (1972-1975) series contains materials related to Redman’s efforts to find and register art produced in Iowa as a part of the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Redman spent several years searching for New Deal Art across the state of Iowa. This series includes correspondence and newspaper clippings related to her search, forms for recording found art, and a report about the beginnings of the project and her progress up to 1972.

The Writing (1973-1986) series contains materials related to Redman’s writing, and particularly her poetry. The series includes awards she received for her writing and three examples of the Writers Studio Newsletter, a publication Redman founded and edited in the Quad Cities.


  • Creation: 1921-1994


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

Blanche Redman was born in 1901 in Ottumwa, IA to Beryl and Kare Bodner Redman. She grew up in the Jewish community where her father owned a clothing store and her mother owned a small grocery. Redman graduated from the University of Iowa with both a BA a MA in English in 1953. She taught English and German at St. Clair College in Port Huron, MI where she found the literary publication, “Patterns” until she retired in 1969.

Upon retirement, Redman moved to Davenport and was active in many writers’ organizations including the Writers Studio, Quad-City Writers, Quint-Cities Poets, the Iowa Poetry Association and was on the Governor’s Board of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. She was also active with Temple Emanuel Sisterhood in Davenport. As chairman of the Iowa American Association of University Women (AAUP) Redman led a campaign to uncover New Deal murals created through the Federal Art Project. Redman located, documented and preserved dozens of murals throughout the state including several by Grant Wood. Redman died in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1994.


5.00 linear inches

Photographs are located in Box 1. boxes

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English professor and poet active in the Quad Cities writers’ community who as chairman of Iowa AAUW located dozens of WPA murals throughout the state.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1421) were donated by Amy Barnum in 2015 and Bette Kozlen.

Related Materials

American Association of University Women. Iowa Division records, 1923- R30. Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.

Blanche Redman papers
Anna Tunnicliff and Jeannette Gabriel, 2016
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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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