The Iowa Women’s Archives holds more than 1200 manuscript collections that chronicle the lives and work of Iowa women, their families, and their communities. These personal papers and organizational records date from the nineteenth century to the present. Together with oral histories, they document the activities of Iowa women throughout the state and beyond its borders. The Iowa Women’s Archives is open to the public.

News from the Archives

  • Welcome Kate Orazem

    We are happy to welcome Kate Orazem as the inaugural Iowa Women’s Archives Women in Politics Archivist. Orazem joined the team at the beginning of October. She received a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Master of Arts in women’s and gender studies from the University of […]

  • All Women Welcome: Summer 2022 Reading Room Exhibit

    The following is written by Rachel Miller-Haughton, former Olson Graduate Research Assistant and curator of All Women Welcome exhibit All Women Welcome: Voices of Activist Iowa Women is the summer 2022 exhibit in the Special Collections Reading Room. The culmination of my time as the 2020-2022 […]

  • Enterprising Women: Three Profiles from the Fellows Family papers

    The following post was written by IWA Student Specialist, Avery Porter. Clara Conrad entered the Graham Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1902. She was the first student to enroll in the new program and the only person in her class. A full graduation ceremony was held in her honor a year later […]

  • Women Safe After Dark? The Beginnings of Take Back the Night at the University of Iowa

    On September 12, 1979, an advertisement for a rally appeared in the campus newspaper, the Daily Iowan. The outline of a woman with bows and arrows, shooting into the night sky was accompanied with the promise, “Friday evening at 8 p.m., the women of Iowa City will have a chance to support each […]

  • NEW: Three Women for Equality: Christine Grant, Peggy Burke, and Bonnie Slatton Fund

    Three trailblazers who led the national effort for gender equality in athletics are being honored through a new fund dedicated to collecting, archiving, and highlighting their achievements and the efforts of other women. The Three Women for Equality: Christine Grant, Peggy Burke, and Bonnie Slatton […]

  • Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood: A Love Story

    This post was written by IWA Student Specialist, Abbie Steuhm. The LGBTQ+ community has grown in incredible size and visibility in the last decade. The legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. in 2015 was a colossal milestone for LGBTQ+ rights, and it has arguably helped in the normalization […]

  • Silent Film Star Still Shines in Special Collections & Archives

      The following is written by Elizabeth Riordan and Anna Holland for Silent-ology‘s Buster Keaton Blogathon Sitting in a dark auditorium in Iola, Kansas, two friends watched Our Hospitality with a live band accompaniment. The annual Buster Keaton Celebration had begun, and the audience around […]