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Karen Kanke James papers

Identifier: IWA1176

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Scope and Contents

The Karen Kanke James papers date from 1952 to 2018 and measure 2.5 linear inches (1 box). The papers are arranged in four series: Scrapbook, Booklets, Audiovisual, and Artifact.

The Scrapbook series (1962) includes twenty-two pages of a disbound scrapbook and four booklets, all involving the 1962 girls’ basketball state championship.

The Booklets series (1962) contains with four booklets from the 1962 girls’ basketball state championship and the Van Horne team’s subsequent win.

The Audio Visual series (1952-2018) contains one CD with a variety of personal, academic, and extracurricular photographs of Kanke and three DVDs with highlights and newspaper clippings from the 1962 girls’ basketball state championship. There is a file list included in the CD and as a print out.

The Artifact series (1962) consists of Kanke’s letter jacket letters, VH in orange and black, the Van Horne school colors.


  • Creation: 1952-2018


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

Karen Kanke James was born in 1944. Kanke lived and went to school in Van Horne, Iowa, from the time she was in pre-Kindergarten until she graduated high school in 1962. During high school, Kanke was active in dramatic and vocal extracurricular activities, receiving first at state contest for vocal solo and receiving a rating I as a part of a vocal quartet. As the junior class secretary, she and another student painted a mural for the school dance.

Kanke was also a manager and scorekeeper for 6 on 6 girls’ basketball in the early 1960’s and wrote articles about the team her senior year following the girls’ basketball team’s state championship win in 1962. At the end of her senior year, Kanke received a Certificate of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Committee and planned to attend Westmar College for three years before pursuing Medical Technology (ASCP).

In 2005, James joined former teammates of the 1962 girls’ basketball team to commemorate 6 on 6 girls’ basketball in Iowa at the Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines for the 50th and final season of girls’ basketball championships to be played in the auditorium. The Van Horne girls’ basketball team won their championship title in Waterloo at the McElroy Auditorium, the only team to not play the championship finals in Veterans Auditorium since 1955.


2.50 linear inches

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Manager of the Van Horne 6 on 6 girls’ basketball team that won the state championship in 1962.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1567) were donated by Karen Kanke James in 2018.

Heidi Stofer
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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