Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 46
Duane E. Dewel (1901-1984)
Papers, 1951-1974

Descriptive summary


Dewel, Duane E. (1901-1984)






0.42 linear ft. (1 document box)

collection number:

MS 46


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Duane E. Dewel Papers, MS 46, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Duane E. Dewel was born in Burt, Iowa in 1901. He attended the University of Iowa (1919-1921) and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (1924). Dewel was active both as a journalist and state legislator. He began working for the Kossuth County Advance in 1924 and became co-publisher of that paper in 1935. Dewel became a Master Editor and Publisher of the Iowa Press Association (1951), the highest honor of the Association. Dewel was also elected Vice President of the Iowa Press Association (1953). When he retired (1968) as owner and editor of the Kossuth County Advance, Dewel sold the newspaper, ending fifty-nine years of continuous ownership by the Dewel family.

Dewel served as State Senator in the Iowa General Assembly for two terms (1948-1960). He was leader of the Senate Republican Majority in 1955. In addition to serving as a State Senator, Dewel was state chairman (1962-1963) of Iowans Against the Shaff Plan and in 1968 was chairman of Iowans Opposed to Annual Unlimited [Legislative] Sessions.

Dewel was also active in the Kiwanis International, and served as Governor (1942-1943) of the Nebraska-Iowa District for Kiwanis International. Dewel died in 1984.


Collection description

The collection (1951-1974) contains correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings and promotional materials relating to proposals for the reapportionment of the Iowa General Assembly and with the group opposed to annual sessions of the State Legislature. The collection also contains booklets documenting Dewel's participation in Kiwanis International and the history and background of the Master Editor-Publisher Award of the Iowa Press Association. The collection does not contain material related to his work in the Iowa General Assembly.

For related collections, please see the Lawrence A. (Pat) Touchae Papers (MS 129), Citizens Committee for a Constitutional Convention (Iowa) Records (MS 16), and the Citizens Action Committee for Fair Representation Records (MS 131).



The collection is organized chronologically.


Container list







Kiwanis Club and Palimpsest booklets

1951, 1974



Reapportionment correspondence [Robert K. Beck, Merle W. Hagedorn (State Representative), Arthur C. Hanson (State Representative and Speaker), Leo A. Heogh (Governer), E.J. McManus (State Senator), Clark H. McNeal (State Representative), Frank T. Nye, Robert R. Rigler (State Senator), H.I. Storey, Scott Swisher (State Representative), L. A. Touchae (Mayor of Waterloo), DeVere Watson (State Senator)]




Reapportionment correspondence [Henry F. Adams, Wilber S. Aten, Ralph K. Bliss, Robert L. Bliss, Samuel H. Burton (State Senator), Dewey S. Butterfield, Blythe C. Conn, David R. Centan, Ray Edwards, Bob Feeney, Merle W. Hagedorn (State Representative), A.C. Hanson (Speaker), John M. Henry, E. Howard Hill, Robert Hogan, John R. Hyde, Candace Lambie, Earl F. Larson, J.P. Lawlor, George Layton, Muriel Body Leaverton, Harry D. Linn, F.J. Lynott, Sherwin T. Markman, E.J. McManus, Ray Mills, Jake More, Robert E. Newton, Paul G Norris Jr., Frank T. Nye, Lynn Potter, Don Reid, Curtis G. Riehm, Robert R. Rigler, Clayton Ringgenberg, R.J. Rossignuolo, W.S. Rupe, William H. Schultz, Erwin D. Sias, Lauren K. Soth, Pearl C. Spencer, H.I. Storey, S. Tabak, Mar. Elmer Taylor, Lawrence A. "Pat" Touchae, Harriet S. Ulrick, Alan Vest, Jack C. White, Walter E. Williams]




Reapportionment promotional material: Information and Speakers Kit - Case Against the Shaff Plan; Legislator's invitational letter to meeting June 1956; new releases; bulletin - Facts and Opinions about the Shaff Plan, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Iowa; Reapportionment - An Iowa Problem that Must be Solved, editorial articles from the Kossuth County Advance by Duane Dewel and the Cedar Rapids Gazette




News clippings: reapportionment




Opposition to annual sessions correspondence [Gerald Bogan, Bob Bonomi, M.B. Crabbe, Duane Dewel, R.W. Hagie, Harold McLaren, Garnt Price, Maude Stackhouse, Lauren Soth, Clifford Vance, Paul G. Willis]




Opposition to annual sessions promotional material: includes open letters, news releases, clippings, expenses, constitutional issues