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On March 22nd Meskwaki Language Preservation Director Wayne Pushetonequa will give a public lecture in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol Museum about the importance of language in preserving Meskwaki cultural identity.

To attend this collaboration with Native American Studies, the Native American Council, the Native American Student Association, and the State Historical Society, RSVP here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_898fWqkU8ctzS4u
Our staff and an audience of over 50 people had a great time yesterday at Jeannette Gabriel's talk: "Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa!"

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

Did you miss it? You can still watch the talk at the Iowa City Public Library's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAwN9f37NE
Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa starts soon! Livestream it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAwN9f37NE
Happy Women's History Month from IWA!
Don't forget to kick off your celebration with Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa, TODAY at the Iowa City Public Library, 4:30 pm!
N. June Davis, UIowa administrator and civil rights trailblazer risked her education for the cause of desegregation. As a student at Spelman College, she was arrested several times for her activism as a leader of the Atlanta Student Movement. Her papers and oral history are held at the Iowa Women's Archives.
We're continuing to highlight Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Gwendolyn Wilson Fowler graduated from the Des Moines College of Pharmacy in 1930, becoming the first African American woman to obtain a pharmaceutical degree and become a registered pharmacist in the state of Iowa. Despite her qualifications, Fowler struggled to find work in her field and had a varied career that included teaching, domestic service, and government work before she was finally hired as a staff pharmacist at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital in 1962. In the 1950s, Fowler was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam for several years while working as a program analyst for the U.S. Foreign Service; this is her visa from the time.

Image from the Gwendolyn Fowler papers, Iowa Women's Archives
Carolyn Dyer was a journalism professor at the University of Iowa from 1978 to 2009. During that time, she became known as one of the foremost Nancy Drew scholars in the world. She helped to discover the original ghost writer behind the teen sleuth, fellow Iowan Mildred Wirt Benson. During her career, Dyer collected over one hundred of Benson’s books as well as many iterations of the Nancy Drew stories. Featured are a Nancy Drew from Japan, a Kitty (the Swedish name for Nancy) mystery, a Penny Parker book (one of Benson’s other female detectives), and mystery starring a le***an Nancy, Nancy Clue.

Image from the Carolyn Dyer papers, Iowa Women's Archives.
The Iowa Starting Line is profiling Edna Griffin today with some pictures from IWA! Griffin's campaign against Katz Drug Store's discriminatory policies resulted in an Iowa Supreme Court victory that upheld and reinforced the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1884.

You can learn more about Edna Griffin by using her papers in the Iowa Women's Archives!
This week we’re highlighting Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Billie D. Lloyd was an important Davenport social worker and community activist who organized the Quad Cities Conference on Black Families, first held in 1979. These annual meetings provided a forum for the Quad City community and social services providers to consider the social and economic needs of Black families and the best means of increasing access to services and improving quality of life. In addition to discussing education, labor, and fair housing concerns, the Conference also held workshops on wellness topics such as nutrition, self-esteem, childhood development, and access to medical services.

Image from the Billie D. Lloyd papers, Iowa Women's Archives
This week we’re highlighting Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Barbara Calderon graduated from the School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri in 1940 and went on to earn a Masters in Nursing Administration in 1963. After serving in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, Calderon worked for the Public Health Nursing Association in Des Moines, making home visits to both white and Black families to care for expectant mothers, newborns, and acutely ill patients. She was the first African American public health nurse in Iowa and later worked at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, as pictured here.

Image from the Barbara Calderon papers, Iowa Women's Archives
Send an e-greeting to your Valentine! Choose from a variety of sweet vintage salutations from University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives and Iowa Women's Archives via the Iowa Digital Library.
💞 Visit the link to let your friends and family know you're thinking of them: bit.ly/SpecCollValentines
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Flyer courtesy of the Iowa City Feminist Reunion 2017 records, Iowa Women's Archives

University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa Located on the 3rd floor of the University of Iowa's Main Library, the Iowa Women's Archives is home to rich collections of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, photographs, organizational records, and other primary sources that document the history of Iowa women.

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03/08/2022

Happy International Women's Day from IWA!

This 1977 issue of WIN traced International Women's Day back to 1857 when women of New York City marched to protest the working conditions of garment and textile workers. This special issue was compiled in honor of the first UN International Women's Day in 1977, and held in the Sojourner Truth Library of WRAC until it was donated to IWA.

Image from the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) records, Box 16.

03/04/2022

On March 22nd Meskwaki Language Preservation Director Wayne Pushetonequa will give a public lecture in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol Museum about the importance of language in preserving Meskwaki cultural identity.

To attend this collaboration with Native American Studies, the Native American Council, the Native American Student Association, and the State Historical Society, RSVP here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_898fWqkU8ctzS4u

Photos from Iowa Women's Archives's post 03/02/2022

Our staff and an audience of over 50 people had a great time yesterday at Jeannette Gabriel's talk: "Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa!"

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

Did you miss it? You can still watch the talk at the Iowa City Public Library's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAwN9f37NE

Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa 03/01/2022

Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa

Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa starts soon! Livestream it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypAwN9f37NE

Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa This presentation by Dr. Jeannette Gabriel for Women's History Month will draw from collections preserved in the Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Li...

03/01/2022

Happy Women's History Month from IWA!
Don't forget to kick off your celebration with Welcoming the Immigrants: Refugee Resettlement in Jewish Iowa, TODAY at the Iowa City Public Library, 4:30 pm!

University Libraries | The University of Iowa 02/28/2022

University Libraries | The University of Iowa

N. June Davis, UIowa administrator and civil rights trailblazer risked her education for the cause of desegregation. As a student at Spelman College, she was arrested several times for her activism as a leader of the Atlanta Student Movement. Her papers and oral history are held at the Iowa Women's Archives.

University Libraries | The University of Iowa Feb 25 2022 Civil Rights Trailblazer June Davis Donates Papers to IWA! Posted on February 25, 2022February 28, 2022 by Heather Cooper This post is by Archives Assistant Heather Cooper. The Iowa Women’s Archives recently received the first installment of a new collection of personal papers from Nor...

02/23/2022

We're continuing to highlight Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Gwendolyn Wilson Fowler graduated from the Des Moines College of Pharmacy in 1930, becoming the first African American woman to obtain a pharmaceutical degree and become a registered pharmacist in the state of Iowa. Despite her qualifications, Fowler struggled to find work in her field and had a varied career that included teaching, domestic service, and government work before she was finally hired as a staff pharmacist at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital in 1962. In the 1950s, Fowler was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam for several years while working as a program analyst for the U.S. Foreign Service; this is her visa from the time.

Image from the Gwendolyn Fowler papers, Iowa Women's Archives

02/23/2022

Carolyn Dyer was a journalism professor at the University of Iowa from 1978 to 2009. During that time, she became known as one of the foremost Nancy Drew scholars in the world. She helped to discover the original ghost writer behind the teen sleuth, fellow Iowan Mildred Wirt Benson. During her career, Dyer collected over one hundred of Benson’s books as well as many iterations of the Nancy Drew stories. Featured are a Nancy Drew from Japan, a Kitty (the Swedish name for Nancy) mystery, a Penny Parker book (one of Benson’s other female detectives), and mystery starring a lesbian Nancy, Nancy Clue.

Image from the Carolyn Dyer papers, Iowa Women's Archives.

Edna Griffin of Des Moines Took on Discrimination in the 1940s and won - Iowa Starting Line 02/18/2022

Edna Griffin of Des Moines Took on Discrimination in the 1940s and won - Iowa Starting Line

The Iowa Starting Line is profiling Edna Griffin today with some pictures from IWA! Griffin's campaign against Katz Drug Store's discriminatory policies resulted in an Iowa Supreme Court victory that upheld and reinforced the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1884.

You can learn more about Edna Griffin by using her papers in the Iowa Women's Archives!

Edna Griffin of Des Moines Took on Discrimination in the 1940s and won - Iowa Starting Line Edna Griffin and supporters picketed and staged sit-ins at a downtown Des Moines store that refused to serve Black people.

02/18/2022

This week we’re highlighting Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Billie D. Lloyd was an important Davenport social worker and community activist who organized the Quad Cities Conference on Black Families, first held in 1979. These annual meetings provided a forum for the Quad City community and social services providers to consider the social and economic needs of Black families and the best means of increasing access to services and improving quality of life. In addition to discussing education, labor, and fair housing concerns, the Conference also held workshops on wellness topics such as nutrition, self-esteem, childhood development, and access to medical services.

Image from the Billie D. Lloyd papers, Iowa Women's Archives

02/16/2022

This week we’re highlighting Iowa women whose lives relate to Black Health and Wellness, the 2022 Black History Month theme. Barbara Calderon graduated from the School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri in 1940 and went on to earn a Masters in Nursing Administration in 1963. After serving in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, Calderon worked for the Public Health Nursing Association in Des Moines, making home visits to both white and Black families to care for expectant mothers, newborns, and acutely ill patients. She was the first African American public health nurse in Iowa and later worked at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, as pictured here.

Image from the Barbara Calderon papers, Iowa Women's Archives

02/14/2022

Send an e-greeting to your Valentine! Choose from a variety of sweet vintage salutations from University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives and Iowa Women's Archives via the Iowa Digital Library.
💞 Visit the link to let your friends and family know you're thinking of them: bit.ly/SpecCollValentines

Send an e-greeting to your Valentine! Choose from a variety of sweet vintage salutations from University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives and Iowa Women's Archives via the Iowa Digital Library.

💞 Visit the link to let your friends and family know you're thinking of them: bit.ly/SpecCollValentines

02/14/2022

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Flyer courtesy of the Iowa City Feminist Reunion 2017 records, Iowa Women's Archives

You ready for Valentine's Day?

Or maybe you're not. Either way, check out this great flyer for a dance that happened on this day back in the 1980s.

This fun flyer is found in Iowa Women's Archives Iowa City Feminist Reunion 2017 record (IWA1260).

02/11/2022

“Every girl has a story” and the girls in this precious family photo were at the very beginning of theirs. Betty Jean (left) and Martha Ann (Nash) (right) Furgerson, pictured here in 1928, grew up to be activists and community leaders who fought for human and civil rights in Iowa. Nash served as executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Education and Vocational Training in Waterloo, Iowa. Furgerson was the director of the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights.

Image from the Marth Nash papers, Iowa Women's Archives

02/09/2022

Des Moines native Mary E. Wood was the first African American woman in the U.S. to be appointed as a metropolitan executive director of the YWCA, a role she held in Buffalo, New York and then Pittsburgh 1957-1972. Under Wood’s leadership, the Pittsburg YWCA worked to combat racism and took a stand on national issues such as abortion rights and the appointment of a woman to the Supreme Court. Wood received a Freedoms Foundation Distinguished Citizen Award for her 1954 address, “What America Means to Me,” the opening lines of which are pictured here.

Image from the Mary Elizabeth Wood papers, Iowa Women's Archives

02/08/2022

BIG NEWS from the IWA!

We are pleased to announce that Janet Weaver (right) has been named curator and Anna Holland (left) will serve as associate curator of the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Janet has been with IWA for the past 20 years, most recently as Assistant Curator. Anna has been the Processing Archivist for the Archives since 2018. Congratulations Janet and Anna!

Photos from Iowa Women's Archives's post 02/04/2022

SOUL, Students Organized for Unity and Liberation, operated from 1967 with the motivation to enrich the lives of the Black student body through creating functional and relevant Black Studies, financial aid opportunities, and the offering of Pro-Black spaces in the majority-white Carleton College campus. Their 1971 photographic essay, partially pictured here, highlights SOUL’s ability to capture images of Black joy and offer a perspective too often taken out of the records of history.

Image from the Martha Nash papers, Iowa Women's Archives.

02/02/2022

Last week, third graders in the Davenport Schools got to learn about early Mexican and Hispanic migration to the Quad Cities using IWA's primary sources!

Curator Janet has been working hard to collaborate with the Davenport Community School District, LULAC Council 10, and curriculum developer Yamila Transtenvot to transform our collections into short lessons for elementary students.

You can read more about it here on the Davenport Schools' blog! davenportschools.org/media/news/dcsd-debuts-new-lessons-on-local-history-and-cultures

Photos from Iowa Women's Archives's post 01/28/2022

Looking forward to our upcoming event Welcoming the immigrants: Refugees Resettlement in Jewish Iowa? Then you won't want to miss the The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums' upcoming panels on the legacy of Anne Frank!
Use the flyer's QR code to learn more about this exciting event!

Photos from Iowa Women's Archives's post 01/19/2022

The IWA is highlighting material from the Jewish Women in Iowa Project! Blanche Redman was a writer and English professor who was active with the American Association of University Women. In the 1970s, she helped uncover dozens of murals that were painted in Iowa post offices as part of the Works Progress Administration’s Public Works Arts Project. The murals, like this one by artist Christine “Criss” Glasell, depicted regional history and everyday activities on the farm and are an important part of Iowa's history.

Images from the Blanche Redman papers, Iowa Women's Archives

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