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Iowa Women's Archives

Iowa Women’s Archives

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

  • IWA Digitization Project

    The Iowa Women’s Archives is seeking funding to digitize audiovisual materials in its collections that are no longer accessible because of their obsolete formats. These audiotapes, videotapes, and films document sports, politics, activism, domestic life, and a host of other topics. Gifts…

  • National Girls and Women in Sport Day

    Today we’re celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day! Since it was inaugurated in 1987 by a Presidential Proclamation, NGWSD has recognized the on and off-field achievements of female athletes, from girls active in school and community sports to elite international athletes. [side…

  • Celebrating Women and Sport

    One of our graduate student workers spent last semester processing additions to IWA’s University of Iowa Department of Physical Education for Women collection. The new material included everything from Women as Leaders conference records to faculty publications. But one item in the new…

  • 25 for 25: Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission

    It is in part thanks to the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission that the IWA has such a collection of materials on the suffrage movement in Iowa. The commission, incorporated in 1922, was organized “to commemorate the efforts of the Pioneer Suffragists and the long procession of workers who…

  • 25 for 25: Nurses and nursing

    The collections in the Iowa Women’s Archives feature women from all walks of life. For Karissa Haugeberg, Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, the papers regarding nursing and nurses are of special interest. Collections in this broad topic include papers authored or…

  • 25 for 25: Equal Rights Amendment

    The Iowa Women’s Archives features several collections related Iowa’s rejected 1980 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was the first state ERA initiative after the passage of the national ERA in 1972. These include the Iowa ERA Coalition papers, and the Iowa Women Against the ERA…

  • 25 for 25: Dieman-Bennett Dance Theatre of the Hemispheres

      “Diversity in Dance.” This was the motto of Edna Dieman and Julia Bennett  when they founded the Dieman-Bennett Dance Theatre of the Hemispheres in 1951. The Cedar Rapids dance school operated until 1997, with classes in classical ballet, as well as dance styles from Spain…