Jon T. Crews Papers

Collection Overview

Title: Jon T. Crews Papers

Record Series: MsC-91

Record Group:


Creator: Crews, Jon T.

Date: 1972-2017

Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear feet)

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

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Jon T. Crews was born on October 30, 1946, in Waterloo, Iowa. After graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1965, he attended West Point for two years before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, he earned his bachelor's degree in Social Science (1970), his masters degree in History (c. 1975), and his MBA in 1991.

Crews held the distinction of being the longest-serving mayor in Cedar Falls history. When first elected in 1971 at age 24, he was one of the youngest mayors in the United States. Crews served as the Cedar Falls mayor for 30 years, from 1971-1979, 1987-1993, and 1999-2015. According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in 2001, Crews was involved in many positive Cedar Falls developments "...that have set Cedar Falls apart - the industrial park, fiber optics, bike trails, Target distribution center, a soon-to-be new library - whether by design or happenstance."

In addition to his mayoral work, Crews served in leadership roles with the Cedar Valley United Way, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, he was on the Cedar Falls City Council and elected as the Black Hawk County Treasurer.

He also received recognition and awards, among them the Iowa 2012 Northland Council of Government Regional Citizen of the Year and the 2017 Representative Citizen of the Year Award for Cedar Falls at the annual Business & Industry Awards.

Crews passed away on April 6, 2017.


  • Series 1: Documents

  • Series 2: Clippings and Articles

  • Series 3: Ephemera

  • Series 4: Photographs

Scope and Content

The collection has been arranged into four series and dates from 1972-2017, with some gaps. The first series, Documents, contains materials related to the Blue Zones Project, some of which contain annotations, along with two documents tallying votes for the 2001 and 2003 mayoral races.

Series 2, Clippings and Articles, consists of numerous news clippings detailing Crews' work, primarily from the early to mid 1970s. Many of the clippings also contain images of Crews and events in which he was participating. A few articles date after 2000. This series is the bulk of the collection.

The third series, Ephemera, includes cards expressing condolences following Crews' 2017 death as well as a CFU card for President Obama's January 2015 visit to the area. An item of note is a copy of a November 22, 1963 issue of the Daily Record featuring the Kennedy assassination with a small blurb and photo about Crews becoming an Eagle Scout. Included with this is a short letter to Crews' family explaining what the item is. Patrons should note that this item is at the end of the collection.

Finally, Series 4, Photographs, contains four images. Three are of a personal nature and one is an official portrait of Crews.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Documents, 2001; 2003; 2013; 2017

  • Folder 2: Clippings and Articles, 1972-1973; 1987; 2001-2004; 2011-2017; undated

  • Folder 3: Ephemera, 1963; 2015; 2017; undated

  • Folder 4: Photographs

Box 2

  • Rolled copy of November 22, 1963 Daily Record


  • "Crews, Juon recognized as Regional Citizens of the Year." Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, February 1, 2013.
  • Owen, Tom. "Jon Crews: 'Everyman' everywhere." Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, November 11, 2001.
  • Kinney, Pat. "Ex-C.F. Mayor Jon Crews dies." Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, April 7, 2017.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, June 2019.