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Iowa Women's Archives

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.

The anniversary will kick off in the summer of 2017 with an exhibition about the alternative press in Iowa City and a reunion of Iowa City feminists who were active in the Women’s Liberation Front and other activities in the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

All events are open to the public.


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. You may register for the entire program, or simply register for the Saturday night dinner at Old Brick, Iowa City.

Iowa City Feminists Reunion program

September 11-December 29, 2017

November 10-11, 2017

The Iowa Women’s Archives at 25: A Celebration

Friday, November 10

  • Open house in Iowa Women’s Archives, Main Library, University of Iowa
  • Tours of the exhibition 25 Collections for 25 Years: Selections from the Iowa Women’s Archives
  • Dinner: Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Saturday, November 11

  • An exploration of the creative ways people use the collections, Old Capitol Museum, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Summer 2018

Celebrating Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa

  • A travelling exhibit looking back at 6-on-6 girls’ basketball and on key developments in women’s sport in Iowa since the late 19th century