Suppport for the idea of a women’s archives grows
Over lunch at the French Quarter, a Des Moines restaurant, in the spring of 1990, Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith discovered their mutual interest in establishing an archives to collect and preserve the history of Iowa women.
“As an Iowa woman, I take particular pride in the important part that women play in the history of our state. The time has come to establish a special women’s collection so that the wonderful stories of Iowa women can be assembled and given a place of their own. The University of Iowa, as a research University, is clearly the proper setting for such a critical resource.”
-Mary Louise Smith