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Laura Ruby papers

Identifier: IWA1216

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Scope and Contents

The Laura Ruby papers date from 1985 to 1999 and measure 2.5 linear feet in one box. The papers are arranged in one series: Nancy Drew Series. The Nancy Drew Series contains 32 screenprints by Laura Ruby. Each one relates to a Nancy Drew mystery.


  • Creation: 1985-1999


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

Laura Ruby taught art and honors at the University of Hawaii for 34 years. Her prints and sculptures, many focused on land and community in Hawaii, have been shown internationally. From 1995 to 2000, Ruby created a series of prints based on the Nancy Drew series. Each print explores themes and images from one book. Her essay and some of the prints were featured in Rediscovering Nancy Drew (University of Iowa Press, 1995). In 2015 Laura Ruby became a Hawaii Living Treasure Honoree.


2.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Artist based in Hawaii whose Nancy Drew Series of screenprints were published in Rediscovering Nancy Drew (University of Iowa Press, 1995).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1570) were donated by Laura Ruby in 2018.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
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