Pathways exhibit

July – November 2012

The Iowa Women’s Archives opened its doors on October 28, 1992.Today it holds more than 1,100 collections documenting Iowa women’s history. The Archives is open to the public. And welcomes researchers from across the state and around the globe, ranging from high school and college students to family historians and renowned scholars.

“Pathways to Iowa” explores a theme common to many of the collections: migration. Since its founding, the Iowa Women’s Archives has gathered documents, photos, and oral histories that illuminate the lives of Iowa women.These materials and the day-to-day work of the Archives have opened up new avenues of research and provide the foundation for a more complete history of Iowa, the Midwest, and the nation.


Exhibition Planning
Janet Weaver, Kären Mason, Greg Prickman, Matt Butler and Kristi Bontrager

Production and Installation Assistance
Bill Voss and Lindsay Schroeder

Graphic design
Caitlin Barnes and Greg Prickman

Special thanks
Paula Balkenende, Mary Bennett, Claire Fox, Mary McInroy, Suzanne O’Dea, Rosemary Riess, Charles Scott, Omar Valerio-Jiménez, and all the people who have contributed to the Iowa Women’s Archives.

The large photograph of Louise Noun is reproduced by permission of the photographer, Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret.

Many of the maps are from the UI Libraries Map Collection.

This exhibit is held in conjunction with the Latino Midwest symposium sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, October 11-13, 2012, The University of Iowa: