Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa


LOUANE NEWSOME (1906-2004)

PAPERS, 1938-2004
4 linear inches


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Louane Newsome Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The papers (donor no. 296) were donated by Louane L. Newsome in 1995 and in succeeding years.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
In Box 1.
Processed by:
Kristen Rassbach, 1997, John Williams-Searle, 1999, and Britt Nelson, 2005. [NewsomeLouane.doc]


Louane Leech Newsome, a librarian, was born in Orange, California, in 1906, and graduated from Orange High School. In 1938, she married Ellis Henry Newsome. Louane “Jerry” Newsome was an armed services librarian during World War II. She took a leave of absence from her position as director of the Petaluma Public Library in Petaluma, California, to be the army librarian at Camp Lockett in Campo, California, near the Mexican border. After she left Camp Lockett, Newsome became a navy librarian and remained as an armed services librarian for three years. Newsome and her husband moved to Iowa City in 1950 when he joined the University of Iowa journalism faculty. She served twenty years as professor in the University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science. A lifelong member of the Iowa Libraries Association, Newsome served as president for the 1941/42 year. Newsome also served on the ALA Newbery and Caldecot Committee in 1965. She served on the Iowa City Board of Public Library Trustees from 1973 to 1979.

Newsome was an active member of the community. She served as chairperson of the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board and worked as a guide at the Old Capitol for nine years. She was also involved with the Iowa City Community Theater, was on the speakers bureau of the Iowa City Hospice, and was a storyteller. In 1994, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center honored Newsome as a “Woman of Distinction.” Louane Newsome passed away at the age of 97 in 2004.

Scope and Content Note

The Louane L. Newsome papers date from 1938 to 1997 and measure 4 linear inches. They consist of a 1943 photograph of Newsome in her Army Librarian uniform, a description of the photograph and her experiences in the army written by Newsome in 1995, and several newspaper clippings. Also included are personal papers pertaining to her civic activities and her career as a professor of library science, and talks she gave about children’s literature. In addition, material regarding Newsome’s retirement from the School of Library Science and also her nameplate that sat on her desk throughout her career are included.

Box List

Box 1                          
Correspondence, 1992-1997
Memorials, 2004
Obituary, 2004
Wedding book, 1938
    Festival of Books for Young People, 1992-1997
Lectures, 1984-1987
Nameplate, undated
Photographs, 1943, 1995
Professional Book Shelf in Iowa Schools, 1962
Retirement, 1973
Letters of Appreciation
School of Library Science Newsletter
  Community involvement, 1981-1997                
    Awards, 1994-1997
Newspaper clippings
Storytelling, 1973-1993
      Favorite Christmas Stories, 1970              

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