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Collections Pertaining to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons and LGBT Issues

BARCELO, NANCY “RUSTY” (1946- )

Papers, 1946-2005. 5 linear feet.

CATALANO, TESS (1960-1999)

Papers, 1959-2001. 1 linear foot and artifacts.

Singer, composer, writer and human rights activist.

CHERRY, KITTREDGE, AND LOCKWOOD, AUDREY

Papers, 1970s-2009.

Life partners Kittredge Cherry (1957-  ), an author, journalist, and minister to the LGBT community, and Audrey Lockwood (1957-  ), a financial planner, met as students at the University of Iowa in 1975 and lived and worked in Japan before settling in California.

COMMON LIVES/LESBIAN LIVES

Records, 1980-1990. 1 linear foot.

Iowa City-based lesbian literary journal.

DODERER, MINNETTE (1923-2005)

Papers, 1944 -1992. 29.25 linear feet.

State legislator from Iowa City, first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1964. Materials concerning gay civil rights date from 1989 to 1992. (Box 29, 48, and 66)

EMMA GOLDMAN CLINIC FOR WOMEN

Records, 1971-2008. 22.5 linear fee.

Feminist health clinic.

HERRING, PATRICIA (1944- )

Papers,1979-2008. 10.5 linear feet.

Feminist, social worker, and advocate for persons with HIV/AIDS.

HUFFEY, JEAN (1932- )

Papers, 1989-2006. 10 linear inches.

Mother who became active in Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Lutherans Concerned.

IOWA CITY WOMEN’S PRESS

Records, 1973-1985. 2.25 linear feet.

Iowa City publisher and printer of lesbian and feminist books that existed from 1973 to 1985.

IOWA WOMEN AGAINST THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Records, 1972-1980. 2 linear inches.

Grassroots organization opposed to Iowa’s ratification of the ERA to the Iowa and United States constitutions.

JACK, JILL (1957- )

Papers, 1967-2006 (bulk 1975-1983). 5 linear inches.

McCORMICK, DALE (1947- )

Paper, 1958-1997. 4.5 linear feet.

Carpenter and actvist for women in non-traditional jobs.

MUHANJI, CHERRY (1939- )

Papers, 1984-2006.

Writer, lesbian activist, and University of Iowa alumna.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, IOWA

Records, 1976-1989. 5 linear feet.

Materials relating to gay and lesbian rights include newsletters, brochures and committee reports dating from the 1970s to the 1990s. (Boxes 3 and 4)

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, JOHNSON COUNTY-IOWA CITY

Records, 1977-1997. 6 linear feet.

Materials concerning lesbian rights include two lesbian mother–child custody cases, the lesbian rights task force, and a Johnson County NOW 1985 lesbian rights committee report. (Boxes 4, 7 and 8)

NEW WORLD COLLECTIVE

Records, 1980. 0.25 linear inches.

A Des Moines collective which existed between 1972 and 1980. Members lived communally and participated in a variety of progressive actions.

NOUN, LOUISE (1908-2002 )

Papers, 1926, 1970-1999. 3.6 linear feet.

Des Moines, Iowa social activist, art collector, author, and co-founder of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives. Karen Johnson, Ruth Scharnau and Sarah Hanley interviews include discussion of gay rights.

RABENOLD, JO

Papers, 1965-1983. 3.75 linear feet.

Iowa City lesbian and political activist whose papers include many lesbian and feminist publications from the 1970s and 1980s.

SCHANKE, RUTH (1941- )

Papers, 1994-1997. 1 linear inch.

Des Moines woman who organized a support group for spouses of lesbians and gays in 1994.

SCHARNAU, RUTH (1933- )

Papers, 1973-1995. 9 linear inches.

A founding member of the Dubuque National Organization for Women and a proponent of gay and lesbian rights.

WELDON, JOANN (1931-2001)

Papers, 1931-2001. 10 linear inches.

Resident of Davenport, Iowa, from 1962, Weldon publicly acknowledged her lesbian identity during the early 1950s.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE AND ACTION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Records, 1960-1961, 1976-1989. 4.5 linear feet.

Women’s center established in 1970 to serve the university and community.

YANNEY, LINDA

Papers, 1948-2000. 3.5 linear feet.

Iowa City feminist and champion of LGBT rights.


Printed Materials

Ain’t I a Woman, 1970-1974. One of the earliest radical/feminist publications in the United States, it was first published in 1970 by a group of militant Iowa City feminists, many of whom were lesbians.

Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, a lesbian quarterly, 1981-1996 Published by a collective of lesbians in Iowa City, Iowa seeking to document a broad cross-section of the lives and thoughts of lesbians.

Iowa’s Pride: A Newsletter for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community of Iowa City and Surrounding Area, 1996-1999.

Epstein, Harry and Glen, “Lesbianism in Iowa City: an interview,” Iowa Defender, Vol XIII, No. 8 (December 1967)

Yanney, Linda J., “The Practical Revolution: An Oral History of the Iowa City Feminist Community, 1965-1975,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1991.

Silander, Aaron, “Emerging Women’s Voices: The story of the Iowa City Women’s Press 1972-1985,” honors degree paper. Department of American Studies, University of Iowa, 1996.

Website

LGBTQ Life in Iowa City, Iowa: 1967-2010