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PAPERS, 1943-2004
2.5 linear inches


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Kim Landhuis Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The papers (donor no.328 ) were donated by Kim Landhuis in 1995.
The papers are open for rresearch.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
One audiocassette shelved with the audiocassette collection (AC342).
In Box 1.
Processed by:

Kristen Rassbach, 1996; Jun-Nicole Matsushita, 2005. [LandhuisKim.doc]



Kim Landhuis was born on April 12, 1943 in Saigon, Vietnam. She came to the United States from Vietnam to continue her education at McPherson College in Kansas and graduated from Buena Vista College, Iowa in 1983, earning a bachelor's degree in education. In 1972 she married a physician, Jesse Landhuis and the couple raised two sons, David and Timothy. Kim Landhuis was hired by the Fort Dodge Community schools and taught ESL from 1983 to 1985 and worked as a substitute teacher from 1985 to 1990. She was elected twice to serve on the Fort Dodge school board from 1990 to 1993 and was elected to serve on the Iowa state school board from 1992 to 1993. In 1994 she ran as a Republican candidate for the Iowa Senate District 7 seat and lost to Rod Halvorson. In 2004 Landhuis received a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She volunteered her legal knowledge at the Elder Law of Michigan and the Education Department of the Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice.

Scope and Content Note

The Kim Landhuis papers date from 1943 to 2004 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical information, Board of Education, and Iowa State Senate campaign.

The Biographical Information series (1946-2004) includes two autobiographical essays, and photographs of Landhuis in Vietnam as a child with her father and as a student dressed in traditional long dress (au dai). Family photographs include Kim and Jesse Landhuis as homecoming royalty at McPherson College, their engagement, and wedding, baby pictures of their two sons, graduation ceremonies, family activities and vacations. Newspaper clippings, recipes, and photographs of Landhuis’s award winning cooking complete this series.

The Board of Education series (1991-1993) consists of an award presented to Landhuis, two published essays written during her tenure on the Board of Education and "Project Newborn," a program developed to teach new parents about how to care for their newborn babies.

Landhuis's senatorial campaign was run on a "Family First" platform. Her stand on the issues of education, family values, and morality can be seen in the campaign materials consisting of a campaign plan, photographs, advertisements, and newspaper clippings located in the Iowa State Senate Campaign series (1993-1994).

Box List

Box 1                        
    Autobiographical Essays    
    Cooking Contests, 1978, 1993    
    Education, McPherson College, Kansas, 1970-1972    
    Education, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan, 2004    
    Family Photographs, 1946-1993    
    Award Certificate, 1991    
    Calendars, 1991-1993    
    "How About Parent Education!"Iowa School Board Dialogue, 1992    
    "Project Newborn"    

"Ready for School," Strengthening Board of Education/Superintendent Relationships in America’s Schools, 1993

    Campaign Plan    
    Newspaper Clippings, 1993-1994    
    Radio Advertisement [shelved in the audiocassette collection: AC342]    


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