MsC 464

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PAPERS OF LOREN R. HICKERSON

Collection Dates: 1940 -- 1983
(Bulk Dates:1960s and 1970s)
12 in 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
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

Posted to Internet: November 1997
Addenda:October 1988, September 1989, October 1989, June 1990, 1995

Acquisition Note: Loren Hickerson and his wife began donating these papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1985. Several additions have been received over the years.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Boxes 6, 16, 18, 24

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Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Alumni Work -- Art Gallery Fundraising

Box 2 “The Best Advice I Ever Received” -- Citizens’ Committee for a Constitutional Convention

Box 3 Citizens’ Committee for a Constitutional Convention -- Correspondence

Box 4 Correspondence -- Greater Iowa Corporation

Box 5 Heidrick and Struggles Inc. -- Ohio State University Alumni Association

Box 6 Old Capitol Restoration Project -- Rose Bowl

Box 7 The Spectator -- Speeches

Box 8 Speeches

Box 9 Speeches

Box 10 Speeches

Box 11 State Board of Regents -- “Who Lobbies for the City of the Future”

October 1988 Addition

Box 12 Alumni Staff Programs -- Hancher Portrait

Box 13 Library File -- Speeches

Box 14 Speeches -- University of Iowa Foundation

September 1989 Addition

Box 15 Building Names Committee -- Speeches

Box 16 Speeches -- USS Langley

October 1989 Addition

Box 17 “America’s Finest University Daily” -- Resignation as Alumni Director

June 1990 Addition

Box 18 Appointment Calendars -- Photographs

1995 Addition

Box 19 Appointment Calendar -- Iowa City/Coralville

Box 20 Iowa City/Coralville

Box 21 Iowa City/Coralville

Box 22 Iowa City/Coralville -- Municipal Laws Review Study Committee

Box 23 Municipal Laws Review Study Committee -- Urban Renewal

Box 24 Urban renewal

Biographical Note

Loren L. Hickerson was born near Mount Ayr, Iowa, August 7, 1918. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1936 and from the University of Iowa in 1940 with a bachelors's degree in Journalism. On August 23, 1941 he married Ellen Christensen and they had two children, Karl and Sally. Loren Hickerson was assistant director of publications and editor of The Daily Iowan until 1942. During World War II, he served for two years on the aircraft carrier USS Langley in the Pacific theater of operations.

After the war, he returned to the University of Iowa as an instructor in the school of Journalism. From 1947 to 1966 he was Director of Alumni Records for the University of Iowa, and Executive Director of the Alumni Association. From 1966 to 1972 he served as Director of Community Relations for the University and from 1972 to 1980 he was Director of Community and Media Relations for the University of Iowa Center for the Arts.

Loren Hickerson also served on the City Council of Iowa City from 1966 to 1974, including two terms as mayor from 1968 to 1972. During this time he was involved in the controversies surrounding urban renewal in Iowa City. He provided strong leadership for Iowa City during the student protests against the Vietnam War. He was a highly sought after speaker and a productive writer who promoted pride in the state of Iowa and his community. He belonged to an extensive list of organizations, including the American Alumni Council, the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Commission on Social and Economic Trends in Iowa, Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity, and the State Municipal Laws Review Committee. Loren Hickerson died on August 24, 1989.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 12 linear feet of shelf space. These records cover the years 1940 --1983 and are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence; the periodic additions are arranged in the same manner.

The collection contains material on many subjects including university affairs, city government, urban renewal, and promotion of the state of Iowa. The papers also contain an extensive collection of speeches given by Mr. Hickerson throughout his career and correspondence files with letters from such notables as: Howard R. Bowen, Willard L. Boyd, Virgil M. Hancher, Jack Miller, and Fred Schwengel.

Box 1

 Alumni Work, 1949 -- 1959 and undated

American Alumni Council. Historical Materials, 1954 -- 1965

"American Youth in the Fall of 1941", Living Magazine, Fall 1941

Art Gallery Fundraising

G.A. Brakeley, 1962 -- 1966

General, 1964 -- 1966

Gifts and Pledges, 1963 -- 1966

Iowa City Campaign, 1964 -- 1966

Steering Committee Reports, 1964 -- 1966

University Campaign, 1964 -- 1966

 Box 2

"The Best Advice I Ever Recieved", The Des Moines Register, August 8, 1971

Biography,1980

Building Names Committee, 1983. Including a letter from James Freedman

Campus Correspondent, 1971 -- 1979. Including a letter from Willard Boyd

Campus Unrest at the University of Iowa, 1970 -- 1971

Citizens' Committee for a Constitutinal Convention

Background Materials, 1955 -- 1960

Correspondence, 1959 -- 1960 and undated. Including letters from Minnette Doderer, Frank Nye and Duane Dewel. (2 folders)

Financial Reports, 1959 -- 1960

Minutes of Meetings, 1959 -- 1960

 Box 3

Citizen's Committee for a Constitutional Convention (cont.)

Newspaper Clippings, 1959 -- 1960

Printed Materials

Speech Materials,1960

City Council Affairs, 1972 -- 1973

City Council Election Campaigns, 1965 -- 1971

Columbia University Award, December 30, 1964. Including letters from Howard Bowen and Virgil Hancher

The Communist Mind, 1957 -- 1958

Community Relations

Appointment, 1966 -- 1967. Including letters from Howard Bowen

New York City Trips, 1966 -- 1968. Including letters from Merle Miller

Congratulations to the Mayor, 1967 -- 1970. Including letters from Howard Bowen and Fred Schwengel

Correspondence, 1943, 1965 -- 1969 (2 folders)

 Box 4

Correspondence (cont.)

1970 -- 1980. Including letters from Meredith Willson. (3 folders)

As Mayor, 1968, 1970 -- 1972 and undated

Offbeat Letters to the Mayor, 1970 -- 1971

"Fraternities and the Quality of Freedom", 1967

Fred Pownall Fund, 1968 -- 1977. Including letters from Merle Miller

Friends of Educational Broadcasting, 1970 -- 1978

"Front and Center in the Revolution", College and University Journal, 1969

The Future of the State of Iowa, 1956 -- 1960, 1980. Including letters from Virgil Hancher

Greater Iowa Corporation, 1961 -- 1965. Including letters from Virgil Hancher

 Box 5

Heidrick and Struggles Inc. (Management Counsel-Executive Searches), 1963, 1967

Home File. Text of Speeches, 1967 -- 1968

Home Rule Bill, 1971 -- 1972

Iowa City Data of talks, 1959 -- 1974

The Iowa Dad, 1970 -- 1971. Including a letters from Willard Boyd

Iowans for Better Government, 1968

Kent State Alumni Relationships and Programs Report, 1963 -- 1964, 1966

Memorabilia

Miscellaneous Articles. Personal Copies

Municipal Law Review Committee, 1970 -- 1971

Newspaper Clippings, 1966 -- 1972, 1978 -- 1979, 1985, 1987, and undated

Ohio State University Alumni Association, 1947 -- 1980

 Box 6

Old Capitol Restoration Project, 1971 -- 1976

Photographs

"The Places We May Be Going", American Alumni Council News, September 1960

Private Support of the State University of Iowa by Alumni and Other Sources- For the Board of Regents, 1963

Proclamations and Statements as Mayor, 1968 -- 1971

Reactions to "Future of the State of Iowa" speeches and articles, 1956 -- 1960. Including letters from Fred Schwengel

Report of Governor's Commission on Economic and Social Trends in Iowa, 1958

Republican Party, 1961 -- 1966

"Restoration of Public Confidence in Higher Education" College and University Journal, January, 1972

Ringgold County Extension Program Projection, 1958

Rose Bowl, 1957

 Box 7

The Spectator

Miscellaneous, 1967 -- 1971

Planning Reports, 1967

Speeches

Address to Fairfield Community Schools Pre-School Workshop, August 26, 1970

Address to Iowa Chapter, American Public Works Association, August 27, 1970

Address to the 1970 Conference, North Central Regional Council, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, June 11, 1970

"Alumni at Mid-Century", General Conference of American Alumni Council, June 28, 1962

"Alumni Relations and Alumni Programs at State Colleges and Universities", State University College, Geneseo, N.Y., June 17, 1967

"Alumni Sentiment and Public Univerisities", Alumni Leadership Day, SUNY at Buffalo, May 27, 1967

As Mayor of Iowa City, 1968 -- 1970 and undated. Including a letter from Harold Hughes. (2 folders)

"Attitudes of Iowans and the Future of Iowa", Iowa State College Extension Service, December 10, 1957

Campaign Speech to Kiwanis Club, October 28, 1969

"Change in Iowa: Risk and Opportunity", WSUI Broadcast, June 23, 1967

"The Changeless University", May 4, 1968

 Box 8

Speeches (cont.)

"The City Today vs. Tomorrow", Unitarian Church, February 5, 1967

"Community Responsibility for Community Development", Public Affairs Workshop, March 1967

Commencement Addresses, 1947 -- 1974. Including outlines, correspondence, texts, and memorabilia. (2 folders)

"Criticism of the University", Waterloo Rotary Club, April 7, 1969

"Developing the Alumni Resources at Public Colleges and Universities", State University of New York, October 21, 1966. Including a letter from Willard Boyd

"Dissent and the Humane Society", Finkbine Dinner, April 1, 1967. Including a letter from Howard Bowen

"Elements in Community Greatness", Community Campaign Kickoff Dinner, October 3, 1966

"Erosion of Confidence in Authority", Iowa-Illinois Public Relations Council, April 21, 1972

"The Family and the University", Annual Parents Luncheon, April 27, 1974

"The First Responsibility of the College Graduate", Bretton Woods Presidential Address, June 29, 1955

"Freedom, Law, and the University", Cedar Rapids Kiwanis Club, January 31, 1968. Including letters from Howard Bowen and Willard Boyd

"The Future of Alumni Work", American Alumni Council Conference for Public Institutions, March 15, 1971

"The Future of Iowa", September 1957

"Great Mistakes We May Be Making", Sun Valley General Conference, July 14, 1952

"The Growth of this University - City", Iowa City Women's Club, January 20, 1967

"Iowa City Government Today", Iowa City Rotary Club, July 29, 1971

"Iowa in 1967 - A Grass Roots View", Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, November 2, 1971

"Iowa in the '60's: Remodeling the Old Home Place", Iowa Association of Southern California, March 25, 1967. Including letters from Fred Schwengel

"The Iowa State of Mind", Conference of the Governor's Commission on Economic and Social Trends in Iowa, March 21 -- 22, 1958

A Layman Looks at Schooling", Marycrest College, March 6, 1969

"Local Enterprise in Iowa", Rotary Club of Des Moines, December 7, 1967

Mayor Bob Johnson's Inaugural Dinner, January 2, 1962

Miscellaneous

Mother's Day Banquet, May 5, 1974

"Municipal Home Rule for Iowa", 1972

 Box 9

Speeches (cont.)

"A New Birth of Freedom", Des Moines Junior Chamber of Commerce, January 25, 1968

"A New Generation", Waterloo Lions Club, October 6, 1969

"A New Look for the Future of the State of Iowa", 1967

"The New Look in Iowa", Cedar Falls Rotary Club, November 25, 1969

"The New Majesty of America", Iowa Department of the American Legion, August 4, 1969

"1970, The Governing Role in Iowa", Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, February 23, 1970

"Old Neighbors, New Frontiers", University High School June 5, 1968

Outlines, Correspondence and Backfround Materials, 1962, 1965 -- 1973 and undated (3 folders)

"Outlook for Municipalities in Iowa", Iowa-Des Moines National Bank, December 6, 1971

1.10) "Our University Alumni: A Still Largely Undeveloped Resource", Presidents' Seminar of Finance, January 21 -- 24, 1961

1.11) "Patriotism: A New Appraisal", Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, Occt. 8, 1968

 Box 10

Speeches (cont.)

Phi Beta Kappa Awards, 1954 -- 1955

"Philosophy vs. Economics: The Struggle in Iowa", Iowa Business and Professional Women's Clubs, May 18, 1957

"Problems Behind the Problems of Iowa's Cities and Towns", Waterloo Kiwanis Club, April 1,1969. Including letters from Frank Nye and Fred Schwengel

"The Psychology of Iowa and the Future of the State", Iowa Mortgage Bankers Association, April 22, 1957

"Public Relations for a New Age", Iowa Hospital Public Relations Directors, May 14, 1969

"Qualities of Life in Iowa", November 4, 1974

Remarks at Dubuque Town Clock Plaza Dedication, August 13, 1971

Remarks for Charles City - City Hall Dedication, October 17, 1971

Remarks for Museum of Art Groundbreaking Luncheon, October 17, 1966

"Renewing the State of Iowa", Iowa Housing and Redevelpment Association, November 14, 1968

"Restoration of Public Confidence in Higher Education", MidAmerica Conference of the American Alumni Council, November 22, 1971

"The Revolution on the Campus", Sons of the American Revolution, May 4, 1969.

"Seasons of Our Discontent", 50th General Council of the American Alumni Council, July 10, 1963

"Selling Iowa Municipal Government", League of Iowa Municipalities, September 17, 1970

"The So-Called Crisis in Education" Presidential Address to the American Alumni Council, 1954 -- 1955. Including a letter from Frank Nye

State University of Iowa Alumni Meetings (Texts and Outlines), 1952 -- 1964 and undated

Talk to First Christian Church Service, September 21, 1969

Talk to Housing and Redevelopment Officials, June 11, 1970

Talk to Stockholders of the Greater Iowa Corporation, November 8, 1961

Text and Outline on the Future of the State of Iowa, 1956 -- 1965 and undated (2 folders)

"This I Believe", American Alumni Council Conference, December 1965

"Trends in Iowa Government", In-Service Training Workshop, August 29, 1969

"The University-1969", March 15, 1969. Including a letter from Howard Bowen

"Updating Democracy's Progress", Consulting Engineers of Iowa, January 15, 1971

"Urban Renewal Questions That Haven't Been Asked", Iowa City Rotary Club, December 8, 1966

"What Alumni Associations Are For and What They Do; The Mistakes They Can Make and the Biggest Problems They Face", Big Ten Winter Meeting with Volunteers, February 1963

"What Iowa City Is", Iowa City CChamber of Commerce, January 29, 1969

"Women's Role In Today's World", District 12: Pilots Club International, April 20, 1974

 Box 11

State Board of Regents. Historical Material

"Take Us to Solid Ground", Daily Iowan Editorial, January 1, 1941

Today at Iowa, 1964 -- 1966

University of Iowa. Alumni Program

Fundraising History, 1949 -- 1966

History, 1949 -- 1960

Program Goals, 1959 -- 1963 and undated

University of Iowa. Building Profucts, 1966 -- 1970

Historical Materials

Seminar on Urbanization, 1957, 1959 -- 1960 and undated (4 folders)

Virgil Hancher Memorial, 1966 -- 1967

"Who Lobbies for the City of the Future", Article for Iowa League of Municipalities, 1967

 October 1988 Addition

 Box 12

 1) Alumni Staff Programs, 1957, 1965 and undated

2) Clippings from Scrapbook

2.1) Daily Iowan articles, January 1940 to May 1942 and undated

2.2) "Listening Post", January 6 -- May 31, 1942

3) Daily Iowan Centennial

3.1) Photos and news clippings, 1940, 1968

3.2) Program and Correspondence, 1940, 1968. Including letterrs from Merle Miller, Howard Bowen and Murray Seeger

Date Books, 1958 -- 1959

Dottie Ray Show Information, 1980 -- 1984

Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund Campaign, 1983 -- 1985

Hancher Portrait, 1966 -- 1972 and undated

 Box 13

Library File

Correspondence, Clipping and Photos, 1969 -- 1972 and undated. Including a letter from Governor Robert Ray

Memorabilia, 1938 -- 1940

Miscellaneous from Speeches

Programs, Article Reprints, Corresponndence, 1958 -- 1960

Newspaper Clippings, 1956 -- 1960 and undated (2 folders)

North Side Lighting, 1980 -- 1982

"Remembering Nile Kinnick", Correspondence, Photos, Clippings, 1941, 1943, 1987 and undated

Speeches

Articles for Reference, 1901 -- , 1940, 1960, 1965 -- 1985 and undated

At Big Ten Meetings, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1965 and undated

"The First Decade of Alumni Giving to the University of Iowa", undated

Fraternities, 1957, 1965

 Box 14

Speeches

Major Talks at Other Universities, 1956, 1960

On Leadership, 1953, 1956, 1960 -- 1962

Teacher's Institutes, 1960 -- 1965

To University of Iowa Student Groups, 1956 -- 1957, 1961

University of Iowa Foundation, Annual Reports, 1956 -- 1957, 1984

 September 1989 Addition

 Box 15

Building Names Committee, 1982 -- 1983

Cartoons, 1953 -- 1955 and undated

Certificates, 1955 -- 1957 and 1979

Correspondence

1940 -- 1941. Including letters from Merle Miller, Carl Seashore, Thomas E. Martin, A. Craig Baird, Virgil M. Hancher, Eddie Anderson, Harvey Ingham, and M. Willard Lampe

1942 -- 1945. Including letters from Thomas E. Martin, Carl Seashore, and Merle Miller

1949 -- 1987. Including letters from Earl Hall, Bertha Shambaugh, Robert D. Ray, Merle Miller, Virgil M. Hancher, Willard Boyd, James O. Freedman, and James Gannon

Regarding publication of journal, 1984 -- 1986

5) Hawkeye Rose Bowl Special--Blue Train, 1957

6) Miscellaneous Writings, 1956 -- 1970

7) Negatives from Kent Studios, 1948 -- 1961

8) Newspaper Clippings,, 1922 -- 1923, 1960, and 1977 -- 1984

9) "Outlooks." Articles for Cedar Rapids Gazette, 1978 -- 1980

10) "Pacific Diary." Series of articles for Cedar Rapids Gazette, 1985

11) Photgraphs

12) Remembrance: The Aircraft Carrier USS Langley (CVL 27) and the War in Pacific, undated

13) Speeches

"Hancher Auditorium: Long, Long Journey to Reality," 1982
 Box 16

Speeches (cont.)

"Iowa in 1967: A Grass-Roots View," 1967

Iowa Professional Developers, 1978

"The New Look in Iowa," 1965

SUI Leadership Banquet, 1960

"The University and the New Countryside," 1966

2 Urban Renewal, 1963 -- 1985

USS Langley

Correspondence with former shipmates, 1947 -- 1987

Memorabilia, 1942 -- 1945 and undated

Negatives

Photographs. (3 folders)

 October 1989 Addition

 Box 17

"America's Finest University Daily" by John J. Mueller

Articles and Photographs about the Daily Iowan, 1941

"Charlie Victor Love Group." Typescript

Certificates

Correspondence, 1941 -- 1945, 1986 and undated. Including letters from Virgil M. Hancher and A. Craig Baird

Newspaper Clippings, 1940 -- 1942 and undated

Programs, 1957 -- 1959 and undated. (3 folders)

Resignation as Alumni Director, 1963. Including a letter from Virgil M. Hancher

 June 1990 Addition

 Box 18

Appointment Calendars, 1963 -- 1968

Audio Tape

Hancher Dinner, April 20, 1960

"Iowa's Psychology and the Future of the State," 1956

3) Correspondence

3.1) General, 1964 -- 1973. Including letters from William F. Buckley Jr., Meredith Willson, Robert D. Ray, Ed Mezvinsky, Daniel P. Moynihan

3.2) Regarding Re-election to the City Council, 1969. Including letters from Willard Boyd and Fred Schwengel

4) Newspaper Clippings, 1962 -- 1973 and undated

5) Photographs. (2 folders)

 1995 Addition

Box 19

Appointment Calendar, 1970. Including business cards

Articles written by Loren Hickerson, 1958 -- 1969

Governor's Commission for the Study of Social and Economic Trends in Iowa

Conference Material, 1957 -- 1958. Including minutes, correspondence, membership lists, etc. Including a letter from Howard Bowen

Published Report, 1958

Home Rule Seminar, 1972. University of Iowa College of Law

Iowa City/Coralville

Annexation of Coralville sewer sysem, 1968

Iowa City -- City Council

Correspondence
1968. Including letters from Harlold E. Hughes

1969. Including letters from Jack Miller and Fred Schwengel

January -- March 1970. Including letters from: Willard L. Boyd, Robert R. Rigler, and Fred Schwengel

 Box 20

Iowa City/Coralville (cont.)

Iowa City--City Council (cont.)
Correspondence (cont.)
April -- June 1970. Including letters from: Willard L. Boyd, Jack Miller, and Fred Scwengel

July -- September 1970

October -- December 1970. Including a letter from John Camp

January -- April 1971

May -- July 1971. Including letters from Willard L. Boyd and Harold E. Hughes

July -- August 1971

September -- December 1971. Including a letter from Fred Schwengel

1972 -- 1973. Including letters from Jack Miller and Fred Schwengel

Judge Marion Neely--Resignation, 1969 -- 1970

 Box 21

Iowa City/Coralville (cont.)

Iowa City--City Council (cont.)
Minutes
1968

1969

1970

1971

January -- June 1972

July -- December 1972

January -- April 1973

 Box 22

Iowa City/Coralville (cont.)

Iowa City--City Council (cont.)
Minutes (cont.)
May -- August 1973

September -- December 1973

Monday Work Session, 1970 -- 1972

Northside Study, 1968

RailPAX, 1970 -- 1971

Iowa High School Music Festival, 1937 -- 1938. Programs

Municipal Laws Review Study Committee. Including City Code, correspondence, research material, and rules (3 folders)

 Box 23

Municipal Laws Civic Study Committee. Minutes, September 1969 -- December 1970

The Palimpsest, February 1967. Iowa City history issue

University of Iowa Alumni Association

Correspondence
1951 -- 1963. Including letters from Virgil M. Hancher and Harold E. Hughes

1964 -- 1976. Including a letter from Howard R. Bowen

Speeches by Loren Hickerson, 1973 -- 1979

Speeches and writings by Loren Hickerson

Urban renewal

1958 -- 1966

1966 -- 1967

1968

 Box 24

  Urban renewal (cont.)

1969. Including a letter from Willard L. Boyd

1970. Including a letter from Fred Scwengel

1971. Including a letter from Willard L. Boyd

Urban renewal (cont.)

1974

Urban Renewal Board, 1971

Letters in support of urban renewal, September 16 -- 26, 1969. Including a letter from Willard L. Boyd

Newspaper clippings, 1966 -- 1974

Photographs

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