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Guide to the Imogene Hub newsletter

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1981-2014
Creator: Veronica Keasling
Extent: 1.00 linear foot.
Collection Number: 000878
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Humorous newsletter written and edited by Veronica Keasling following the lives of the residents of Imogene, Iowa.

Access: The newsletters are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The newsletters were donated by Veronica Keasling [donor no. 208] in 1994.

Preferred Citation:

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

The Imogene Hub, whose tagline reads "the hub of the universe," was edited and published by Veronica Keasling. In an effort to encourage recipients to open and read billing statements, the paper began in 1981 as a monthly newsletter to accompany bill statements. Residents of Imogene receiving the Imogene Hub newsletter with their bills began to seek out the paper in other venues around town and eventually the popularity of the publication grew to accommodate a subscription service list of 1,000 and a stock list of vendors in Imogene and its surrounding towns. What began as a one page mimeographed letter sized sheet developed into a tabloid. The paper is comprised of mostly humorous and sometimes serious anecdotes and reports about the people and happenings in Imogene, Iowa. Columns written by different townspeople appear in occasional issues though most stories were gathered and written by Keasling herself. In addition to having the support of local residents, who reported their own daily humorous stories to Keasling, advertisements for local businesses were a prominent portion of each publication and represented a wide variety of local sponsors for the newsletter.

The Imogene Hub newsletters date from 1981 to 2014, measure 1 linear foot, and are arranged chronologically.

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


Personal Names:
Keasling, Veronica

Dates:
1980-1989
1990-1999
2000-2009
2010-2019

Topics:
Community life
Women in journalism

Occupations:
Editors
Columnists

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Imogene

Genre/Form of Materials:
Newsletters

Title:
Imogene Hub