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Women’s Clubs and Organizations

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION, GRANT WOOD CHAPTER.

Records, 1971-1996. 3.33 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Iowa City chapter of professional women’s organization designed to offer leadership and networking opportunities.

ARTISTS IN ACTION (MUSCATINE, IOWA)

Records, 1974-1998. 7.5 linear feet.

Muscatine organization of area artists who opened a shop and organized an annual craft fair, classes, and craft demonstrations.

ATHENS HISTORY CIRCLE (IOWA CITY, IOWA)

Records, 1902-1997. 9 linear inches.

Iowa City study club organized in 1897.

AUDUBON SOCIETY OF MANCHESTER, IOWA

Records, 1903-2001, 9 linear inches.

Eastern Iowa women’s study and social club.

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BEST EVER CLUB (PERCIVAL, IOWA)

Records, 1929-1994. 10 linear inches.

Percival, Iowa, women’s study club founded in 1922.

BOOK REVIEW CLUB (Manchester, Iowa)

Records, 1938-2007. 5 linear inches.

BOONE TOWNSHIP WOMEN’S CLUB (WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA)

Records, 1911-2002

The club was organized in 1911 for “the social and intellectual benefit” of the ladies of Boone and the surrounding area.

BURLINGTON WOMEN’S CLUBS

Time capsule, 1896, 1946. 5 linear inches.

Summaries of the activities of the women’s organizations of Burlington, Iowa, placed in a time capsule in 1896 and 1946.

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CARY CLUB OF MARION, IOWA

Records, 1883-1980. 1.5 linear feet.

Women’s study club founded in 1878 in Marion, Iowa.

CEDAR VALLEY COMMUNITY CLUB (MUSCATINE COUNTY).

Records, 1922-2009, 1.2 linear feet.

Rural social club formed near West Liberty, Iowa, in 1920.

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED IN IOWA

Records, 1933-1983. 8 linear feet.

Ecumenical organization.

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED, JOHNSON COUNTY

Records, 1963-1998. 9.25 linear inches.

Johnson County, Iowa Chapter of Church Women United.

CLIONIAN CLUB OF DAVENPORT, IOWA

Records, 1874-1996. 1 linear foot.

Women’s study group originated in 1874.

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DAUGHTERS OF CERES

Records, 1898-1988 (bulk 1898-1973). 5 linear inches.

Walnut and Webster chapter records of this statewide social and benevolent club comprised of farmwomen. Records include minutes, correspondence, photographs.

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EMERSON STUDY CLUB (SIOUX CITY, IOWA)

Records, 1966-1997. 2.5 linear inches.

Women’s study club founded in Sioux Cityin 1892.

ENTRE NOUS (IOWA CITY, IOWA)

Records, 1914-1992. 1.1 linear feet.

Women’s drama study club founded in 1914 in Iowa City.

ERA IOWA 1992

Records, 1980-1993 (bulk 1991-1992). 7.5 linear inches and audiovisual materials.

Grassroots campaign initiated in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1991 to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Iowa constitution in the 1992 election.

EVER READY CLUB (BAXTER, IOWA)

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FANCY WORK CIRCLE

Unprocessed records, 1923-1973.

FARM SAFETY 4 JUST KIDS

Records, 1990-1998. 3 linear inches.

An organization advocating the prevention of farm-related childhood injuries, health risks and fatalities. Marilyn Adams organized Farm Safety 4 Just Kids after the death of her son in a farm accident.

FLORA GARDEN CLUB OF MANCHESTER, IOWA

Records, 1949-2002. 8 linear inches.

The records include notebooks for flower shows, a program planning book, and newspaper articles.

FORT MADISON WOMEN’S CLUB

Records, 1957-1995. 1.25 linear feet.

The club organized in 1957 with the objectives of social enjoyment, community service and intellectual improvement.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP FARM BUREAU WOMEN (O’BRIEN COUNTY, IOWA)

Records, 1956-1993, 5 linear inches.

Farmwomen’s club organized in 1956 in O’Brien County, Iowa.

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP WOMEN’S CLUB

Records, 1923-1998. 1.65 linear feet.

Social club founded in 1923 where women heard presentations on food preservation, nutrition, sewing, and tailoring.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS CLUB (Deep River, Iowa)

Records, 1952-1992. 3 linear inches.

The club was organized in 1952 as a social and philanthropic forum for local women.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS CLUB (PERCIVAL, IOWA)

Records, 1935-1995. 7 linear inches.

Social club organized in April 1935 by farm wives living southeast of Percival, Iowa.

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GREENE TOWNSHIP WOMEN’S CLUB (IOWA COUNTY, IOWA)

Records, 1959-1996, 3 linear inches.

Social club of Iowa County farmwomen that began as a Farm Bureau club but later dropped that affiliation.

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HARTUPEE SOCIAL CLUB (WEST LIBERTY, IOWA)

Records, 1930-1995, 8 linear inches.

Social club organized in 1930 by rural women living near West Liberty, Iowa.

HELEN LEMME READING CLUB (IOWA CITY, IOWA)

Records, 1984-1998. 4 linear inches.

African-American reading club formed in 1984 by University of Iowa graduate students.

HISTORIES OF RURAL IOWA WOMEN’S CLUBS (1936- )

Records, 1996-1998. 1 linear inch.

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INGLESIDE CLUB

Records, 1993-1995. 1.25 linear inches.

Program on feminism discussed by this book club in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

IOWA CITIZENS’ LEAGUE FOR NURSING

Records, 1970-1975. 5 linear inches.

Organization that promotes standardized education and continuing education programs for nurses.

IOWA COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE

Records, 1979-2000. 3 linear feet.

IOWA COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Records, 1984-2003. 10 linear inches.

Brochures, reports, and the Write Women Back into History essays of middle and high school students in Iowa.

IOWA E.R.A. COALITION

Records, 1916, 1972-1980 (bulk 1978-1980). 5.5 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Organization to promote passage of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Iowa and United States constitutions.

IOWA FEDERATION HOME

Pamphlet, 1929. 1 item.

Founded by the Iowa Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs in 1919 to house African-American female students at the University of Iowa.

IOWA FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUBS

(Shenandoah, Iowa)

Scrapbook, 1970-1988. 2 linear inches.

Organization founded in 1922 with the goal of supporting women’s rights in business, particularly through legislation that benefits working women.

IOWA FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS

Records, 1853-1978. 3 linear feet.

IOWA NURSES ASSOCIATION

Records, 1904-1989. 83 linear feet.

Founded in 1904 to promote standardized nursing education; works for better working conditions and to improve the status of nurses.

IOWA NURSES ASSOCIATION. FIFTH DISTRICT

Records, 1922- 1994. 2 linear feet. Local chapter of Iowa Nurses Association.

IOWA PEACE LINKS

Records, 1985, 2 linear inches.

Newsletters of pacifist group Peace Links. Edited by Olive Wilson and based in Northwest Iowa towns of Paullina and Primghar.

IOWA PORKETTES

Records, 1964-1994. 19.2 linear feet.

Women’s auxiliary of the Iowa Pork Producer’s Association, founded in 1964. Merged with the men’s organization in 1992.

IOWA PRESS WOMEN

Records, 1933-1996. 2.7 linear feet.

Local affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.

IOWA SUFFRAGE MEMORIAL COMMISSION

Records, 1906-1941. 3 linear inches.

Commemorated the efforts of pioneer suffragists and the enfranchisement of women.

IOWA WOMAN ENDEAVORS, INC.

Records, 1979-1995. 7.2 linear feet.

Literary magazine founded in 1979 to promote the artistic works and opinions of women in the Midwest.

IOWA WOMEN AGAINST THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Records, 1972-1980. 2 linear inches and audiovisual material.

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

IOWA WOMEN IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Records, 1981-1997. 1.25 linear feet.

Organization to promote the upward mobility of women in educational management.

IOWA WOMEN IN NATURAL RESOURCES

Records, 1987-2002. 7.5 linear inches and audiovisual materials.

Iowa chapter of the Women in Natural Resources organization whose primary goal is to promote communication among all persons in natural resources.

IOWA WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

Records, 1990-2003. 10 linear inches.

An organization established and run by women to provide funding and assistance to programs that expand and improve opportunities for women and girls in Iowa.

IOWA WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME

Records, 1980-1994. 10 linear inches.

Established by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women in 1975, the organization recognizes women from Iowa who have contributed their ideas, talents and skills to others.

IOWA WOMEN’S POLITICAL CAUCUS.

Records, 1972-1997. 13 linear feet and audiovisual material and artifacts.

Organization that promotes the advancement of women in politics.

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JOHNSON COUNTY E.R.A. COALITION

Records, 1984-1993. 2.5 linear inches and audiovisual material.

Organized in Iowa Cityin 1992 to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution of the state of Iowa.

JOHNSON, EDITH EDMUND

Papers, 1922-1978. 4 linear inches.

Longstanding member of Fairfield, Iowa clubs including the Fancy Work Circle, the Good Cheer Society and the Lutheran Church Women’s Quilting Club.

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KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR CLUB (WILLIAMS, IOWA)

Records, 1926-1996. 5 linear inches.

Farm women’s club organized in 1926.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF IOWA

Records, 1920-1998. 77.5 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Non-partisan organization that informs voters and works for better government.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF JOHNSON COUNTY

Records, 1920- . 12 linear feet and audiovisual material.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF METROPOLITAN DES MOINES

Records, 1936-1995. 8.25 linear feet and audiovisual material.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MT. VERNON-LISBON

Records, 1948-1996. 3 linear feet and audiovisual material.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MUSCATINE

Records, 1943-2000. 5.25 linear feet.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF

SIOUX CITY

Records, 1978-1993. 2.5 linear inches.

 

LOWELL CLUB (BOONE, IOWA)

Centennial commemorative history scrapbook, 1987. (1 volume) 2 linear inches.

Study club founded in 1887.

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MAHASKA COUNTY FARM BUREAU WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

History, 1971-1998. 2 linear inches.

Organized in the 1920s as part of the Iowa State University Cooperative Extension, this committee splintered from the extension service in 1955 and became the largest political and corporate organization representing farmer interests in Iowa.

MARION FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS

Records, 1899-1957. 5 linear inches.

Organization of Marion women’s clubs.

MODERN IDEA CLUB OF THURMAN IOWA

Records, 1902-1998. 1.25 linear feet.

Fremont County, Iowa women’s club that was responsible for opening a public library in the small town of Thurman in1936.

MONDAY AFTERNOON CLUB (Ft. Madison, Iowa)

Records, 1900-2003. 3 linear feet.

Cultural women’s club in Fort Madison, Iowa which focused on intellectual improvement through study and reading.

MONDAY CLUB (DECORAH, IOWA).

History, 1 linear inch.

“Women of Decorah, 1849-1925,” was a project of the Monday Club compiled between 1977 and 1981.

MOTHERS FOR NATURAL LAW

Records, 1998-2001, 1 linear inch.

Grassroots organization opposed to genetically modified organisms.  Includes biographical information on executive director, Laura Ticciati, an activist with the Natural Law Party.

MUSCATINE GARDEN CLUB

Records, 1930-1996. 3 linear inches.

Founded in 1929 to promote the knowledge and love of gardening.

MUSCATINE HERB PALS

Records, 1946-1994. 9.75 linear inches.

Study group organized in 1953 by Hazel Korneman to stimulate the advancement of herb gardening and herb use.

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NATIONAL ABORTION RIGHTS ACTION LEAGUE OF IOWA

Records, 1990-2001. 1.25 linear feet.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION. DES MOINES, IOWA CHAPTER

Scrapbook, 1961-1964. 1 linear inch (1 volume).

Chartered in 1963 to provide a forum in which women who are employed or own businesses in the construction industry can “exchange ideas and enjoy stimulating programs.”

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN (IOWA CITY BRANCH)

Records, 1964-1995. 2.5 linear inches.

Iowa City branch of a national organization of women artists and writers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN (QUAD CITIES BRANCH)

Records, 1976-1997, 1.5 linear feet.

Quad Cities’ branch of a national organization of women artists and writers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN (WATERLOO-CEDAR RAPIDS BRANCH)

Records 1944-2000. 1linear foot. Waterloo-Cedar Rapids branch of a national organization of women artists and writers.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, AMES

Records, 1973-1986. 7 linear inches.

Includes ERA campaign material.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, DES MOINES CHAPTER

Records, 1971-1987. 2.5 linear inches.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, DUBUQUE CHAPTER

Records, 1973-1995. 1.25 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Local chapter of NOW organized in 1973.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, IOWA

Records, 1976-1989. 5 linear feet.

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, JOHNSON COUNTY-IOWA CITY

Records, 1977-1997. 6 linear feet.

Local chapter of the National Organization for Women founded in Iowa City in May 1978.

NATIONAL SECRETARIES ASSOCIATION, ROBERT LUCAS CHAPTER (Iowa City)

Records, 1947-1987. 11.5 linear inches.

NEIGHBORHOOD SOCIAL CLUB (DELAWARE COUNTY)

Records, 1931-1999, 5 linear inches.

A social club formed in 1915 near Manchester, Iowa for woman to unite and discuss aspects of rural, farm, and family life.

NEW ART CLUB (MARION, IOWA)

Records, 1939-1974. 2.5 linear inches.

Women’s club organized in Marion, Iowa in 1935 to do needlework and handicrafts; disbanded in 1974.

NORTH MADISON HAPPY PALS 4-H CLUB

Scrapbooks, 1952-1979. 1.25 linear feet (7 volumes).

Local 4-H chapter organized in Mahaska County, Iowa, 1952.

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O’BRIEN COUNTY FARM BUREAU WOMEN

Records, 1989-1996, 1 linear inch.

Organization to promote the interests of farmwomen.

OMEGA TOWNSHIP WOMEN’S CLUB (O’BRIEN COUNTY)

Records, 1976-1991, 2 linear inches.

Farm Bureau women’s club organized in 1976.

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PERCIVAL NEEDLECRAFTERS

Scrapbooks, 1976-1992.5 linear inches.

Needlework club that formed in 1976 and disbanded in 1992.

POLK COUNTY WOMEN ATTORNEYS

Records, 1986-1995. 9 linear inches and audiovisual materials.

Association organized in 1986 to promote the professional growth of women in the law.

POLK COUNTY WOMEN’S POLITICAL CAUCUS

Records, 1974-1987, 8 linear inches.

Polk county branch of the National Women’s Caucus. Concerned with supporting candidates who promote women’s rights and women’s participation in the political process.

PRAIRIE VIEW CLUB (HARDIN COUNTY).

Records, 1932-1995, 5 linear inches.  Rural women’s club dating from the early twentieth century.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S LEAGUE (DES MOINES, IOWA).

Records, 1903-1998. 2.2 linear feet. Women’s club founded in Des Moines in January 1900.

PROTEUS CLUB (DES MOINES, IOWA)

Records, 1897-1996. 2.5 linear feet.

Women’s study club organized in 1896 by college graduates for their intellectual improvement.

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QUOTA CLUB (SIOUX CITY, IOWA)

Records, 1960-1997. 1.25 linear feet.

Professional women’s service club formed before 1935, which is active in community and world service, with special emphasis on hearing and speech aid.

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RAPHAEL CLUB (IOWA CITY, IOWA).

Presentation about the traditions of the Raphael Club, 1996. (Digitized 2003).

RECITAL CLUB (GARNER, IOWA)

Records, 1901-1994. 2.8 linear feet.

Organized in 1901 to promote the arts and community service.

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SEMPER FIDELIS CLUB (DAVENPORT).

Records, 1998-1999. 0.25 linear inches.

Includes an article about the history of the Iowa Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc, which the Semper Fidelis Club was affiliated with.

SHAKESPEARE CLUB OF MARION

Records, 1909-1955. 1 linear foot.

Women’s study club organized in 1909 in Marion, Iowa.

SHARON TOWNSHIP FARM BUREAU WOMEN’S CLUB (JOHNSON COUNTY)

Records, 1953-1985, 5 linear inches.

Johnson County, Iowa Farm Bureau women’s club that provided education and services organized around farm issues.

SIOUX COUNTY WOMEN’S CHORUS

Records, 1938-1955. 1 linear inch.

Choral group which, in 1939, was invited to represent Iowa at the New York World’s Fair. 

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THERISTRIAI CLUB (MARION, IOWA)

Records,1871-2004.1.75 linear feet. Marion, Iowa, study club which was founded in 1867.

THIMBLE CLUB (RICEVILLE, IOWA)

Records, 1912-1957. 1 linear inch.

Reading club organized in 1901.

TUESDAY NIGHTERS (Manchester, Iowa)

Records,1950-2006. 7 linear inches.

A club concerned primarily with philanthropic and social activities.

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UNITED SISTERS OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY

Records, 1984-1996. 10 linear inches.

Iowa affiliate of Networking Together, Inc., an organization for women of color.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Records, 1977-1995. 1.8 linear feet.

Group of female University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students that sought solutions to problems including sexual harassment, homophobia, childcare, and sexual violence at the University.

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS – LADIES AUXILIARY.

1 item, 1976.

“Fifty years of Growth and Service: Ladies Auxiliary to the Department of Iowa Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, 1929-1979.”

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WELCH AND ANGRICK COLLECTION

Collection, 1880-1995. 3.75 linear feet

Material relating to the Heart of Hawkeye Council of Campfire Girls, The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and the Iowa Department of the Woman’s Relief Corps.

WEST LUCAS WOMEN’S CLUB (JOHNSON COUNTY)

Records, 1923-1976. 7.5 linear inches.

Social club for which was organized in 1920.

WILLING WORKERS CLUB (FAYETTE COUNTY)

Records, 1918-1987, 10 linear inches.

Social and benevolent women’s club initially formed as a Red Cross sewing club during World War I.

WOMAN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION OF IOWA

Records, 1874-2006. 18.5 linear feet.

Organization dedicated to legislative and educational efforts to prevent juvenile delinquency and support woman’s suffrage.

WOMEN AGAINST RACISM COMMITTEE

Records, 1981-1998. 4 linear feet.

Multiethnic group founded in 1981 by women from the University of Iowa.

WOMEN’S EQUITY ACTION LEAGUE, IOWA DIVISION.

Records, 1972-1977. 5 linear inches.

Group formed as a more conservative version of the National Organization for Women with the goal of concentrating state resources on the problem of discrimination in educational institutions.

WOMEN, FOOD, AND AGRICULTURE NETWORK

Listserv records, 1999.

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network is an organization of women that connects and amplifies the voice of women who have progressive approaches to agriculture across Iowa and the nation.

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM (DES MOINES BRANCH)

Records, 1962-1996. 1.75 linear feet.

Group which stressed active participation in rallies and demonstrations against war and nuclear testing.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE AND ACTION CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Records, 1960-2001. 10 linear feet and audiovisual material.

Iowa City women’s center established in 1970 to serve the University of Iowa women and the Iowa City community.

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YWCA OF GREATER DES MOINES

Records, 1895-1995. 10 linear feet.

Local chapter affiliated with the National YWCA in 1896. Includes records of the Blue Triangle, the chapter’s African-American branch from 1919-1947.

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