Guide to the Guy Miller Amateur Journals Collection

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1933 -1989
Creator: Miller, Guy
Extent: .80 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0881
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Collection of amateur print publications, most dating from the early and mid 20th century.

Administrative Information

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: This collection was donated by Guy Miller in August 2008.

Preferred Citation: Guy Miller Amateur Journals Collection, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Biographical Note

Guy Miller has been active for decades in the field of amateur printing and journalism. He has served as president of "The Fossils," billed as the historians of amateur journalism, and was a friend and collaborator of Willametta Turnepseed and many other amateur printers.

Content Description

This collection consists of a number of published products from various amateur printers, most dating from the early and mid-20th century. The majority of the collection consists of a fairly complete run of Literary Newsette, issued from 1941-1989 by prominent printer and National Amateur Printing Association (NAPA) officer Willametta Turnepseed (Keffer) and her collaborators.

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GERINGER, LAUREN, 1908-1992. Lauren Geringer Papers, 1919-1992. 1.75 ft.

Iowa City printer and author. The bulk of the collection is comprised of monthly bundles from amateur press associations during 1990 and 1991, including the Amalgamated Printers Association, the National Amateur Press Association, and Peat's press. Items from Geringer's Press, clippings about Geringer, a miscellaneous collection of samples of printing, and several editions of his small journal, People Watcher make up the remainderof the collection. MsC0847.

ROW, HEATH. Heath Row Amateur Press Association Collection, 1934-2010. 2.0 ft.

Zine writer and editor, and member of multiple amateur press associations. Includes apa publications, apa official organs, and assorted loose ajay publications. MsC0364.

RUBEN, ELLIOTT M., 1916-2009. Elliott M. Ruben Amateur Press Association Collection, 1926-2009. 30 ft.

Amateur journalist and member of a number of amateur press associations. Bundles of apa publications, apa official journals, correspondence, official apa documents, and Ruben's childhood efforts at printing. MsC0336.

TURNEPSEED, WILLAMETTA, 1909-1989. Papers of Burton Jay Smith and Willametta Turnepseed, 1941-1944. 0.8 ft.

Correspondence, chiefly love letters, between amateur printers Smith and Turnepseed, together with a few additional materials, including copies of their co-edited Literary Newsette. Many of Smith's letters document his activities training as a navigator in the United States Army Air Force, 1943-1944. MsC0868.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Zines and the Amateur Press