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Guide to the Marlene Booth Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1951-1998
Creator: Booth, Marlene (1948- )
Extent: .50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0447
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Jewish independent filmmaker raised in Des Moines, Iowa.

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 videocassette [VR7537]

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 740) were donated by Marlene Booth in 2000.

Preferred Citation: Marlene Booth papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Marlene Booth was born in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa, attending public school there and graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1966. During her childhood Booth's family lived in the old Jewish neighborhood near the former Jewish Community Center. When she was ten years old her family moved to the neighborhood near Roosevelt High School. She attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, graduating in 1970, and earned her M.F.A. in film at Yale. During her junior year in college she married Avi Soifer, with whom she has two children. Booth is an independent filmmaker who owns her own company, Raphael Films. Her 1998 film 'Yidl in the Middle' explores her memory of growing up Jewish in Middle America, which in her case is Des Moines, Iowa. This film was funded by a grant from the Iowa Humanities Board.

The Marlene Booth papers consist of a family photo of the women in Booth's family taken on Passover in 1955, and a Hebrew workbook for children entitled Shalom Yeladim (1951). There are also three news clippings, an article from Muses ( a publication of the Iowa Humanities Board Winter, 1997), and the videocassette of 'Yidl in the Middle.

Browse by Series:

  • Photographs and newspaper clippings - 1951-1998
    "Yidl in the Middle" shelved in videocassette colelction: VR7537 VHS

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Personal Names:
Booth, Marlene

20th century

Twentieth century
Jewish women

Independent filmmakers

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Des Moines

Genre/Form of Materials:
Personal papers
Video recordings

Jewish Women in Iowa