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Duane E. Dewel papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0046

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1951-1974

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


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.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 document box.)


The collection is organized chronologically.

Items in related collections

MS-0129. Lawrence A. (Pat) Touchae papers, 1910-1963, undated MS-0016. Citizens' Committee for a Constitutional Convention records, 1955-1960, undated MS-0131. Citizens Action Committee for Fair Representation records, 1960-1979, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0046. Duane E. Dewel papers, 1951-1974
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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