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Guide to the Dorothy Rubenstein papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1928-2004
Creator: Rubenstein, Dorothy (1928-2004)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0739
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Federal Civil Service employee who graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Communication in 1932.

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. 956) were donated by the University of Iowa Foundation in 2005.

Preferred Citation: Dorothy Rubenstein 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

Dorothy Rubenstein was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1910. After graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1928, Rubenstein attended Fort Dodge Junior College through 1930. Rubenstein attended the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) and graduated with honors from the School of Journalism and Communication in 1932. Rubenstein made her career in Federal Service; she worked for the Federal Civil Service in Des Moines and Omaha, the United States Army Engineers, and Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. When she retired in 1969, Rubenstein held over 36 years of Federal Service Credit. Between 1980-1989 Rubenstein lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and later in Des Moines, Iowa, with her long time companion William Little. In 1996, Rubenstein established the Dorothy Rubenstein Award for students in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Rubenstein died in 2004.

The Dorothy Rubenstein papers date from 1928 to 2004 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers consist of biographical information about Rubenstein's education, career, friends and family.
Dorothy Ashby Pownall papers (IWA): Dorothy Ashby Pownall, an Iowa journalist and the wife of Fred Pownell, oversaw the Daily Iowan from 1927-1962. They were both connected with the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Communication when Dorothy Rubenstein was a student.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: Dorothy Rubenstein

  • Series 1: Dorothy Rubenstein
  • Box 1:
  • Education - 1928-1932
  • Career - 1955-1969 and undated
  • Photographs - 1963-2004 and undated
  • Awards - 1930-1932 and undated
  • Family and friends - 1958-2004 and undated