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State Historical Society of Iowa Names New Editor for Annals of Iowa

Jan 27, 2020

The State Historical Society of Iowa has named Andrew Klumpp the new editor of the Annals of Iowa, a scholarly journal of Iowa history first published in 1863. Klumpp replaces the retiring Marv Bergman, who has edited the Annals since 1986.

"We're excited to have Andrew join our team as the new editor of the Annals of Iowa and carry on this publication's 157-year tradition," said Susan Kloewer, administrator of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and publisher of the Annals. "His background as a native Iowan and expertise in teaching and research will serve him well in his new role."

Klumpp is a native of northwest Iowa and a Ph.D. candidate in American Religious History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and his master's work at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He specializes in religious and intellectual history, and his research examines the intersection of religion, imperialism and settler colonialism in the 19th-century Midwest.

He currently serves as treasurer for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History and on the national Graduate Student Committee for the American Academy of Religion. His research has been supported by the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Van Raalte Institute in Holland, Michigan, and the American Antiquarian Society. It has appeared in the Annals and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog.

Klumpp assumed his new role with the Annals last week and will office full time out of the State Historical Building at 600 E. Locust in Des Moines. He can be reached at

Under Bergman's leadership, the Annals strengthened its role as a thought-provoking history journal that examines the deeds, misdeeds and accomplishments of Iowans throughout the past. Working with authors from across the country and around the world, Bergman edited 132 editions of the Annals and thousands of articles, photographs and other images about the history of politics, economics, institutions, ethnicity, religion, archaeology, architecture and many more subjects related to Iowa.

During his tenure, Bergman expanded coverage of African-American, women's and labor history in Iowa and guided the Annals' online archives, which tallied its millionth download last fall. Today, researchers, educators and others around the world download content from the Annals' online archive more than 40,000 times every month.

"We thank Marv for his 33 years of service to the people of Iowa and the history of our great state," Kloewer said. "Marv has been steadfast in his commitment and dedication to editorial excellence with the Annals, and we congratulate him on the outstanding success and milestones he achieved over the course of his career. We wish him well as he retires and moves on to the next chapter of his life."

More information about the Annals of Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is available at

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.