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The Iowa Women’s Archives holds more than 1200 manuscript collections that chronicle the lives and work of Iowa women, their families, and their communities. These personal papers and organizational records date from the nineteenth century to the present. Together with oral histories, they document the activities of Iowa women throughout the state and beyond its borders. The Iowa Women’s Archives is open to the public.

News from the Archives

  • Before the Vote: Black Women’s Political Activism in Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the seventh installment in our series highlighting African American history in the collections of Iowa Women’s Archives and other local repositories. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for […]

  • In support of eliminating racism – the ongoing work

    Anti-racism subject guide As a research library, we have a responsibility to share and promote public access to important information about anti-racism, which we’ve made available in this anti-racism subject guide. Libraries staff update this guide continually. Anti-racism resources for […]

  • Esther Walls: The Role of a Black Leader

    This post by IWA Student Specialist, Erik Henderson, is the sixth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for the remainder of 2020. Has anyone told […]

  • Pauline Humphrey & African American Beauty Culture in Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the fifth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for the remainder of 2020.   Over […]

  • Kerber Travel Grant Application Deadline Extended

    Due to the ongoing closure of library facilities around the country, the Iowa Women’s Archives has extended the application deadline for the Linda and Richard Kerber travel grant to June 1st, 2020. Because we are uncertain about when the Archives will be accessible, the time period in which […]

  • The IWA Reading Room closed for COVID-19

    In response to COVID-19, the Iowa Women’s Archives’ reading room will closed for the time being. We encourage faculty, students, and the public to contact us by e-mail at lib-women@uiowa.edu, although reference services will be limited. For more information on the University of […]

  • Martha Nash: An Iowa Advocate for Black Voices

    This post by IWA Student Specialist, Erik Henderson, is the fourth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series has run weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for the remainder of 2020. The Martha […]