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Guide to the Ruth Koob papers

Collection Overview

Date Span:
Creator: Koob, Ruth
Extent: .25 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0848
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Correspondence and training materials on selling the Lincoln Library, a popular reference book, sent to Ruth Koob by The Frontier Press Company.

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. 739) were donated by Kathryn Koob in 2011.

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

Ruth Koob lived her adult life in Waverly, Iowa. In the summer for 1934 Koob began a 75 day contract with the Frontier Press Company as sales representative. In May of 1934, Koob attended a training seminar for the company in Des Moines to sell the Lincoln Library, a popular reference book. After her return to Waverly, she continued to receive words of encouragement and advice from her manager as well as weekly sales advice sheets.

The Ruth Koob Collection consists of correspondence and training materials sent to Ruth Koob by The Frontier Press Company. The letters from R. L. Warner, a manager for the Frontier Press Company, are personal responses to Koob's  reflections on her abilities as a saleswoman for the company. The training materials include speaking points, practice selling scripts, and weekly "stimulators" with inspirational selling stories and advice from others in the field.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Correspondence and Employee Training Materials

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Personal Names:
Koob, Ruth
Warner, R. L.

Corporate Names:
Frontier Press Company

20th century

In-service training
Booksellers and bookselling
Reference books

Sales personnel

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Waverly

Genre/Form of Materials:
Personal papers