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IWA 25th Anniversary

Iowa Women's Archives 25th Anniversary: Every woman has a story - every girl has a voice

The Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives opened to the public twenty-five years ago on October 28, 1992. The Archives celebrates 25 years of gathering and illuminating the history of Iowa women with a series of events and exhibitions in 2017/2018.

On November 10-11, 2017 we will gather to renew old friendships, explore the exhibition 25 Collections for 25 Years: Selections from the Iowa Women’s Archives, and reflect on the ways in which the collections of the Iowa Women’s Archives have enriched teaching and research over the past quarter century.

All events are open to the public. RSVP online or by calling 319-335-6093.

Share Your Story: What does IWA mean to you?

We’re collecting your stories for the 25th Anniversary as part of a group storytelling project, which will be featured on our social media. There are many ways to share your story, online and off. Full details on our website. Use the hashtag #MyIWA to be part of the conversation.

Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and our blog as together we remember and celebrate 25 years of IWA and prepare for the next 25.


November 10-11, 2017  

The Iowa Women’s Archives at 25:
A Celebration and Symposium

RSVP for all events online or by calling 319-335-6093.


1:00-4:00 p.m.  
Open house in the Iowa Women’s Archives, Main Library, University of Iowa

4:00-5:30 p.m.  
Tours of the exhibition 25 Collections for 25 Years:  Selections from the Iowa Women’s Archives

6:00 p.m.
Dinner (cash bar)

Keynote address by Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register columnist, at Iowa Memorial Union. Ticketed event: $50 per person.


9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.     
The Iowa Women’s Archives at 25: The Feminist Impulse at Work

An exploration of the creative ways people use the collections.
Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Printable program

Parking and Directions

September 11-December 29, 2017

An exhibition featuring 25 of the more than 1200 collections in the Iowa Women’s Archives as seen by those who have used them–faculty, students, researchers, instructors.

 Summer 2018

Celebrating Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa

  • A traveling exhibition in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Home Town Teams exhibition looking back at 6-on-6 girls’ basketball and on key developments in women’s sport in Iowa since the late 19th century.


May 15 – August 25, 2017

Power to the Printers: The Alternative Press in Iowa City, 1965-1985 — an exhibition in the Main Library Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City

July 14- 16, 2017

Iowa City Feminists Reunion, Main Library, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Iowa City Feminists Reunion program