»PAPERS, DATES:»1994-1997

1 linear inch»QUANTITY:»




The »papers (donor no. 465 ) were donated by Ruth Schanke» in 1997.


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


Margaret Richardson, 1998Your name, year».


Robert J. Jett, July 17, 1998, version WORD97.



            Ruth Schanke, born in 1941 the daughter of a Lutheran minister, majored in sociology at Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska, graduating in 1963.  In 1964 she married Robert Schanke, who later became a professor of theater at Central College in Pella, Iowa.  A daughter, Julie, was born in 1967.  After twelve years of marriage the Schankes together faced the issue of Bob Schanke’s homosexuality.  They stayed married ten more years, divorcing in 1987.  In 1994 Ruth Schanke organized a support group at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines called Spouses of Gays and Lesbians.  Ruth Schanke, a teacher and social worker, became an administrator in the Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines, Iowa.

Begin text here:»Scope and Content Note

            Begin text here:The Ruth Schanke» papers date from 1994 »to 1997 and measure» 1 linear inch.  The »papers »are arranged in one folder under the following headings»: Family chronicle, Newspaper articles, Spouses of» Gays and Lesbians, and Miscellaneous printed material.  The Family chronicle consists of biographical material about Ruth Schanke and family chronologies written by Ruth Schanke and Bob Schanke consisting of photographs and text chronicling the history of the Schankes’ marriage and their family life since their divorce.  The Newspaper articles contain one discussing the dissolution of the marriage, the other reporting two hate letters sent to Bob Schanke in 1991 and the ensuing support the students and faculty of Central College provided him.  The Spouses of Gays and Lesbians contains printed materials and articles directed to family members and friends of gays and lesbians distributed at meetings of Spouses of Gays and Lesbians sponsored by the Plymouth Congregational Church.  The Miscellaneous Printed Material concerns conferences and organizations that address gay and lesbian issues.


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Folder 1

Family chronicle

Ruth Schanke biographical material

Family chronicle, 1964-1994, by Ruth Schanke, 1997

Family chronicle, 1994-1997, by Bob Schanke, 1997

Newspaper articles

“Coming Out in a Marriage,” by Betsy Rubiner, Des Moines   

Register, November 6, 1994

“Campus Backs Gay Prof,” by Mark Siebert, Des Moines Register,

October 7, 1997

Spouses of Gays and Lesbians (Plymouth Congregational

Church, Des Moines)

Printed material, 1990s

Articles given to new members

Miscellaneous printed material