C. Hugh Pettersen papers, 1979-2005.  

Collection Overview

Title: C. Hugh Pettersen papers, 1979-2005.  

Record Series: MsC-77

Creator: C. Huigh Pettersen

Date: 1979-2005

Extent: 2.29 linear feet, 6 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the C. Hugh Petytersen collection, 1979-2005, Manuscript Record Series MsC-77, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Historical Note

C. Hugh Pettersen graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1955.  Mr. Pettersen owned several long-time businesses--a haberdashery and an art gallery--on 23rd Street on College Hill adjacent to the University of Northern Iowa campus.  He was a supporter of the arts, a leader of the College Hill community, and the founder of the College Hill Arts Festival. 

Scope and Content

This collection includes correspondence, publications, records, programs, and photographs relating primarily to the College Hill community and the College Hill Arts Festival.  This collection can be used profitably in conjunction with the large collection of records from the College Hill Arts Festival itself, which is also housed in the University of Northern Iowa Archives.  Some of the material in Mr. Pettersen's collection duplicates material in the College Hill Arts Festival collection.  However, the Festival correspondence in Mr. Pettersen's collection sometimes offers a more personal and detailed view of Festival matters. 

Mr. Pettersen was sometimes known as the unofficial mayor of College Hill.  Consequently, researchers interested in the College Hill neighborhood, including the business and professional community, from about 1980 through about 2005 will find the portion of Mr. Pettersen's collection relating to that community invaluable.  That portion of the collection is especially good at documenting ways in which the City of Cedar Falls worked with College Hill merchants and residents over the years.

Mr. Pettersen donated this material to the University of Northern Iowa Archives in December 2011, shortly after he closed his College Hill business.  


Boxes 1-3 contain material about The College Hill Arts Festival

Box 1

Folder 1: Programs

Folder 2: Applications, 1982

Folder 3: Acceptances, 1982

Folder 4: Placement of artists, 1982

Folder 5: Acknowledgments, 1983

Folder 6: Finances, 1983

Folder 7: Correspondence and arrangements, 1982-1983

Folder 8: Advertising, 1981-1984

Folder 9: Jurying, 1981-1984, 1990

Box 2

Folder 1: Patron Purchase Awards, 1982-1983, 1985, 1988, 1992

Folder 2: Planning for 1993 festival

Folder 3: Correspondence and business, 1978-1988

Box 3

Folder 1: Correspondence and business, 1989-1993

Folder 2: STAGE, INC.--correspondence and minutes

Folder 3: Friends of Gallagher/Bluedorn Performing Arts Center--correspondence and minutes

Folder 4: James Hearst tribute, 1981

Folder 5: Hearst scholarship committee

Folder 6: School of Music scholarship benefit concert

Folder 7: Jacobs retirement tree planting

Folder 8: Bergman farewell, 1993

Folder 9: Mr. Rogers music

Box 4

Folder 1: Cedar Falls strategic plan, 1995

Folder 2: College Hlll Neighborhood Planning and Implementation Committee, 1993-1995

Folder 3: College Hill Neighborhood Review, 1993

Folder 4: College Hill Neighborhood Plan, 1993

Folder 5: College Hill Merchants Association, 1977-1997

Box 5

Folder 1: College Hill Neighborhood Association, 1984-1999

Folders 2-5: Books, likely from Mr. Pettersen's father's collection

  • Folder 2: Moody, Dwight.  Forborgen Kraft elle Noglen til Fremgang.  Bible Institute Colportage Association:  Chicago, 1881.
  • Folder 3: Moody, Dwight.  Seirende Bott.  Huberts Forlag:  Kristiana.
  • Folder 4: Petersen, Sigw.  Norges historie.  J. W. Cappelens Forlag:  Kristiania, 1921.
  • Folder 5: Dahlberg, P. Storre laerebog i geografi.  Gyldendalske Boghandel:  Kobenhavn, 1923.

Box 6

All folders: Photographs of C. Hugh Pettersen, his shop, and other galleries

Processing Information

Collection processed and described by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, with processing assistance by Student Assistants Nicholas Jordan and Kimberly Nurre, March 2012; updated September 24, 2015 (GP).Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.

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