Herbert V. Hake. Papers, 1942-1980

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Title: Herbert V. Hake. Papers, 1942-1980

Record Series: 14/10/02/01

Creator: Herbert V. Hake

Date: 1942-1980

Extent: 18.09 linear feet, 36 boxes

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

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Herbert V. Hake Papers, 1942-1980, Archives Record Series 14/10/10, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Herbert Victor Hake was born in Hoyleton, Illinois, on August 10, 1903.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri, in 1928, and a master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1933.  He taught art and theater and worked as a commercial layout artist.

Mr. Hake joined the Iowa State Teachers College staff as a theatre scene designer and technical director in 1938.  He became the first radio program director in 1942 and the first director of radio and television in 1947.  He was UNI's pioneer broadcaster.  His programs, including "Landmarks in Iowa History", were known throughout the Midwest.  Another program of special note is "Behind the Headlines" which he broadcast with Donald F. Howard for many years.

Herbert Hake was also well-known as a cartoonist, columnist, and local historian with many popular publications to his credit.

In 1973, the call letters of campus station KTCF were changed to KHKE in honor of Mr. Hake.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Iowa Broadcasters Association in 1978 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UNI in 1979.

Herbert Hake was married to Monabelle Hake.  Mr. and Mrs. Hake had two daughters:  Patricia and Priscilla.  Mr. Hake died March 10, 1980.                       

(Photo from the Waterloo Courier, January 27, 2011)

Mr. Hake's Wikipedia biography may be found here:



Scope and Content

The Herbert V. Hake papers consist of a subject file created by Mr. Hake and relating mostly to broadcast services at UNI; a file of material relating to the Lecture-Concert Series during Mr. Hake's years as chairman; and extensive photographic material relating to the production of television series, especially "Landmarks in Iowa History"; and sketches done by Mr. Hake. Several of these programs are available in digital format from the WOI Archives held in the Special Collections Department of the Library at Iowa State University.

The subject file in Boxes 1-4 contains the best sources of information on radio and television broadcasting at UNI during the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's.  Of special interest is the file "Correspondence, Policy concerning Radio Broadcasts, 1942-8":  this file contains early policy statements developed by Mr. Hake, Irving Hart, and President Malcolm Price as well as correspondence relating to the controversy with radio station KXEL.  The "Campus (Student) Radio Station" files include policy statements, budgets, and minutes of the radio governing board meetings.  Of special interest is a letter from J. O. Perrine on the first uses of radio transmissions on the UNI campus in the years from 1914 through 1920.  Much of the rest of the subject file consists of correspondence and schedules of television programs including Mr. Hake's long-running "Landmarks in Iowa History".

Boxes 5 and 6 contain correspondence and programs dealing with the Lecture-Concert Series from 1951 through 1959.  Some of the correspondence consists of routine arrangements and confirmations with performers' agents.  But, taken as a whole, these records offer a close look at the mores and tastes of the day.

Boxes 7-33 consist primarily of material associated with the production of the "Landmarks" series, including photographs with negatives of series sites, large photos used in production, and sketches of historical figures.

Notes on Accruals: In March 2013, Priscilla Hake Lauris, one of Mr. Hake's daughters, sent two boxes to the University Archives.  They became Boxes 32 and 33.  These two boxes reflect and supplement the contents of Boxes 1-4.  That is, Boxes 32 and 33 contain correspondence and policy on the establishment of radio and television services on the UNI campus; radio and television programming in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s; and photographs relating to the facilities and programming.  There are also good files relating to Mr. Hake's presentations and chalk talks; the Arcturus Club; Faculty Men's Club; and the College Hill Interdenominational Church.

In January 2015, an additional box of Mr. Hake's material was sent to the University Archives by Priscilla Hake Lauris, his daughter.  This material became boxes 34 and 35.  These materials relate to Mr. Hake's work as lecturer, cartoonist, Director of Broadcasting, and personal matters.  

Other material relating to Mr. Hake is located at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.   


Box 1

Biographical data - Herbert Hake 

101 Stories of Cedar Falls 


Campus (Student) Radio Station, 1954-1973 

Correspondence, Policy concerning Radio Broadcasts, 1942-1948 

First Campus Radio, 1914 - J. O. Perrine 


ETV Net, 1952, 1966, 1967--Report of the Committee on Educational Television Broadcasting to the Interinstitutional Committee on Educational Coordination 


Film Production Unit 

Highway Commission 

History and Archives - Des Moines 



Bicentennial Outlines of Cedar Falls by Herb Hake

Reproduction of the Winter Harvest drawing published in The Record on Wednesday, September 21, 1977 (Drawing is number 101 of his book 101 Stories of Cedar Falls as told to Herb Hake)

Box 2

Inventory 0402, 1966, 1968-1970 

Iowa Heritage 

Kamerick, John J. 


K&M Electronics 


KTCF Assistants




"Landmark" Tour, 1962 

Motion Picture Production 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Leaves its Park on Sioux City, Iowa 

State of Iowa



Radio Survey (50:367) 

Inside Iowa (Correspondence) 

Inside Iowa (Scripts), 1964-1969 

Iowa Index (scripts), 1962 

Inventory Iowa (script), 1968

Box 2a

Radio-TV Budget 

Radio and TV Programs & Budgets, 1961-1972 



Term Papers 

TV and Radio Center 

"Pioneers, Prophets, and Professors" series from Cedar Falls Record

Box 3

Visual Instruction Service 



Bernhard, Harold 

Hansen, Delores 

Harris, Henry 

Hill, Frank W. 

Holmes, George H. 

Jennings, Philip C. 

Voldseth, E.V. 

Al Fresco Favorites 

Behind the Headlines 

Everyday Science

Box 4

Historic Hymns 

Iowa Index 

Iowa TV Schooltime Series #1, #11, #111

Landmarks in Iowa History 

Open Mike 

Song in the Air Keeping Time 

Stories of Iowa 

Story Hour 

T.C. on TV

Box 5

Lecture-Concert Series, 1951-1956, with some information on earlier series including:

  • 1940-1941: Sigrid Undset, Lauritz Melchior, and Mischa Livschutz;
  • 1941-1942: Caroll Glen, Charles Morgan, Chekhov Players in "Twelfth Night", Marian Anderson, and Carl Sandburg;
  • 1945-1946: Jesse Stuart;
  • 1946-1947: Arthur Wittemore and Jack Lowe and Ernesto Montenegro.

Box 6

Lecture-Concert Series, 1956-1959

Boxes 7-11

Clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, maps, articles, and plans for the places visited in the Landmarks series. Material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the site.

Boxes 12-20

An extensive collection of photographs (with negatives) taken by Mr. Hake in the 1950's and early 1960's of sites visited in the Landmark series. Material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the site.

Boxes 21-28

Photographs of sites visited during the Landmark series. These photos are large copies of some of the photos in Boxes 12-20. There is a list of the sites on a finding aid available in the Special Collections reading room.

Boxes 29-33

Drawings by Hake primarily of historical figures and locations featured in his television series. They are as follows:

Box 29

Portrait of man- Unidentified

William F. Cody

Black Hawk


Robert Lucas (2 poses)

Choir Monk, Lay Brother

Portrait of man wearing glasses

Joseph Smith, First prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)

Portrait of bearded man

Portrait of man

Portrait of man

Note: Box is oversized and is stored on the top shelf.

Box 30

Pioneer with gun

Rev. Manasseh Cutler (left) and Gen. Rufus Putnam (right) organizers of The Ohio Company and Founders of Marietta, first settlement in territory established by Northwest Ordinance

M.E. Church

Man holding caricature of microphone

Caricature of man with camera standing next to bear in necktie

Man in toga holding umbrella in rain

John Deere, inventor of self-scouring steel plough

Julien Dubuque

Fort Sackville and map of campaigns of George Rogers Clark

Father Rapp (left), founder of Rappites and Robert Owen (right), founder of Owenites at New Harmony, Indiana

Exploring music

Lewis and Clark, leaders of Lewis and Clark expedition

Abraham Lincoln

Box 31

Large iron meteorite from Greenland. Weight: 36 and a half tons

Peter Cartwright, Famous Methodist circuit rider

Portrait of bearded man

Fort Atkinson

Charley Williams, Owner & Trainer of Champion Trotting Horses Independence

Billy Robinson, Pioneer Aviator of Grinnell

Johann Gaertner, Builder of the "Smallest Church" near Festina

Drawing of domed building

Drawing of building

Drawing of middle aged man with glasses

Blueprint of outdoor commencement setting

Drawing of Lux Medallion, 1962

UNI administrators

Herbert Hoover at the time of his election to presidency

Jesse James, Train Robber, near Adair, 1873

Family in Mormon Handcart Brigade Leaving Coralville in 1856

Ansel Briggs, first governor of the state

Box 32

Alumni meetings

Arcturus Club presentations:

  • Antics of architecture, 1961
  • Painless painting, December 8, 1962
  • Silence and salvation, May 10, 1963
  • Portrait parle,1964
  • Radio revisited, 1965
  • Sounds of the state, 1968
  • The cartoonist - critic or clown?, July 24, 1970
  • A hassle of historians, April 16, 1971
  • Radio reminiscences, 1972
  • Mainly Main, March 15, 1974
  • The comics, May 2, 1975
  • Tenacity or talent?, February 27, 1976
  • Cartoon or caricature?, January 21, 1977
  • Crusaders, 1978
  • Vanished voices, May 25, 1979

Behind the Headlines

Bertha Martin Memorial Fund

Bicentennial chalk talk and material



Cedar Falls history slide script

Cedar Falls Record, correspondence

Cedar Falls Utilities presentation, 1967

Chalk talks

College Hill Interdenominational church, correspondence

Conservation radio program contest, 1969



Coward-McCann, publishers

Des Moines Register, correspondence

ETV, 1964

Extension correspondence, Irving Hart and E. L. Ritter

Faculty Men's Club illustrated programs

Folk Theater, 1968-1970

Here's How

Hoover, Chauncy - new transmitter

Inside Out

Iowa Society for the Preservation of Historic Landmarks, correspondence


Miscellaneous programs and illustrations

Piano Profiles - Henry Harris

President Malcolm Price, correspondence

Box 33

President J. W. Maucker, correspondence

Pendergraft, Daryl, correspondence

Pioneer Woman statue

Play production class

Play production conference

Playwriting course

Portrait Parle, 1964

Preserving the past

Public Instruction, Iowa Department of--Leroy Pratt

Public relations and promotion

Radio guests

Radio miscellany, 1942-1949, correspondence

Seeing the State, 1946-1949, 1957-1958 (Bob Davis, assistant)

Speech 20

Speech 367 (radio survey course)

Stagecraft 109

Story Hour - Amy Arey

Talks - arrangements and correspondence

Tall Corn Network

Television Animal Farm

Television demonstration

Vanished Voices - Mary Hayes, 1948-1040


  • Stage sets designed and built by Mr. Hake
  • Photos with notables - Jan Peerce, Peter Freuchen
  • Campanile
  • Stone barn
  • Johnnie Mae as "Widow Cagley"
  • Olson brothers, 1968
  • Segments of Birdseye View of Cedar Falls
  • FM tower construction, 1972
  • Iowa Inside Out, copy negatives, December 8, 1965
  • Radio faculty and staff, Ask the Scientist, 1956
  • William Lang
  • Other identified photos
  • Unidentified photos 

Box 34

Bicentennial Outlines of Cedar Falls by Herb Hake

101 Stories of Cedar Falls, by Herb Hake, 1977

Bill Wagner Sketch of Cedar Falls Historical Society, 1971

Chalk Talks, Books on

Chalk Talks, Sketches

Correspondence, 1942-1946

Correspondence, 1951-1952

Correspondence, 1953-1954

Correspondence, 1955-1956

Correspondence, 1957-1958

Correspondence, 1959-1960

Correspondence, 1964-1970

Correspondence, 1971-1974

Correspondence, 1975-1978

Datebook, 1952

FCC Permits, 1963-1968, 1968-1973

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Membership Card, 1941

ISTC Playbills, 1938-1941

Photographs, ISTC Plays

Photographs of Herb Hake

Program Schedule Notebook, KXEL & WOI, 1942-1951

Publicity and Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1951

Radio and TV Salary and Expenses, 1954-1972

Sermons delivered by David R. Bluhm, 1958-1977

Set Designs sketchbook

Sketches for paintings by Herb Hake

The Sinfonian, Fall 1948

TVI Filter Instructions

UNI Commencement program, Spring 1979 (Hake received honorary degree)

Iowa Pioneers playing cards, developed by Laboratory School Iowa History Project, with sketches by Herb Hake (2 copies)

Box 35

Audio Reel-to-reel Tapes

Photographs - Theatre Productions

Scrapbook - Theatre Productions

Scrapbook - Theatre Productions 

Note: Box 35 is oversized and stored on the top shelf.

Processing Information

Papers initially arranged and described by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, 1992. Updated July 19, 2014 by Library Assistant Joy Lynn and Student Library Assistant Mackenzi Brophy. Finding aid revised April 1996; May 5, 2014 (GP); updated, December 15, 2015 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.

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