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Guide to the Barbara Flanagan papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1950-1991
Creator: Flanagan, Barbara
Extent: 2.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0611
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Reporter, women's page editor, and columnist for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune from the 1940s until 1988.

Alternate Extent Statement: Double record album and accompanying book.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 153) were donated by Barbara Flanagan Sanford in 1993.

Preferred Citation: Barbara Flanagan 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

Barbara Flanagan, journalist, writer, community civic activist was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Drake University as a drama major in the early 1940s.

After a summer working for the Minneapolis Times , Flanagan dropped out of college in 1945, moved to Minneapolis and began to work full time in the promotion department for the Times. Later she worked nights as a general assignment reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and in 1957 she was named women's editor of the Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune . Flanagan continued to work for both papers, even after she was given a daily column in the Star. From this platform, Flanagan spoke out for the next twenty-three years on a variety of social issues, most effectively on urban renewal and the preservation of historic buildings in Minneapolis's downtown.

During the 1970s Flanagan wrote two books. The first, Minneapolis, (1973), celebrates the city's cultural, social and environmental highlights. The second, Ovation, in 1977, commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra. She retired from the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1988. In 1967, she married Earl Sanford, an investment consultant.

The Barbara Flanagan papers date from 1950 to 1991 and measure 4 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Biographical and Writings.
Most of her papers are at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Browse by Series:
Series 2: WRITINGS

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Box 1:
  • Newspaper clippings and a feature article, undated [oversized items shelved in map case: drawer 5] - 1950, 1982-1989
  • Correspondence, pamphlets, and press releases, undated - 1950, 1975-1989
  • Series 2: WRITINGS
  • Box 1:
  • By-lines from the Minneapolis Star, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine - 1974-1978, 1988-1991
    [In map case]
  • Minneapolis (New York: St. Martin's Press - 1973
    [shelved in printed works]
  • A companion publication to the Minnesota Orchestra's 75th anniversary celebration album - 1977
    [shelved in audiovisual]