MsC 289


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1967 -- 1982

(Bulk Dates: 1979 -- 1980)

5 and 1/12 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: May, 2002



Acquisition Note: Mr. DeKoster gave his papers to the University of Iowa in installments from 1973 to 1982.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Ephemera: Box 1


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Biographical Note


Lucas James DeKoster was born in Hull, Iowa, on June 18, 1918. He attended Kansas State University before transferring to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he graduated in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1940 to 1947, he worked for the NACA (a forerunner of NASA) where he did propeller and jet engine research. DeKoster attended the Cleveland Marshall Law School, graduating in 1949. He then worked as a patent attorney in Cleveland. In 1951, he returned to Hull, Iowa, to establish a legal practice. A Republican, Mr. DeKoster was elected in 1967 to the first of five terms in the Iowa state senate, until 1983. He died in Hull, Sioux County, Iowa, on February 23, 2000.


Scope and Contents

The papers of Lucas J. DeKoster consist of two boxes measuring one linear foot and dating from 1967 to 1982. They are comprised solely of his legislative newsletters and correspondence. The newsletters (which in his diary he refers to as "a euphemism for campaign letter") make up the first box of his papers, while correspondence fills the second. Letters from Charles Grassley, Thomas Tauke, and Arthur A. Neu are included here.

There are two large boxes of unprocessed papers in this collection.  

Box List


Box I

Legislative Newsletters, 1967 -- 1982

Newspaper clippings

Box 2


January, 1979

February, 1979, including a letter from Charles E. Grassley

March, 1979, including letters from Charles E. Grassley and Thomas Tauke

April -- May and August, 1979 and undated (1979) -- including a letter from Charles E. Grassley

January, 1980, including a letter from Arthur A. Neu

February, 1980

March, 1980

April, 1980 and undated (1980)


There are two large boxes of unprocessed papers in this collection, shelved following boxes 1 and 2.


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