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Guide to the Iowa Women's Political Caucus records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1972-1999
Creator: Iowa Women's Political Caucus
Extent: 13.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0019
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Organization to promote the advancement of women in politics.

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 20) were donated by Roxanne Barton Conlin in 1975 and 1976, and by Victoria Herring in 1998 and 1999.

Preferred Citation: Iowa Women's Political Caucus records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

In February 1973, Roxanne Barton Conlin, then assistant to the Iowa Attorney General, attended the first national convention of the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) in Houston.  Upon her return to Des Moines she began efforts to organize a statewide chapter of the NWPC.  On June 3, 1973, approximately forty women met in Conlin's home to discuss this possibility.  A state-wide convention was planned and held in September in Ames.  Six hundred and fifty persons attended.  Workshop topics included lobbying strategies, help in running a campaign, rape laws, employment rights, welfare, and child care.  During the convention's business meeting, the membership established the structure and goals of the organization.  Among the founding members of the IWPC were Mary Louise Smith, Minnette Doderer, Jean Lloyd-Jones, Cristine Wilson, Louise Noun, Sonja Egenes, and Dagmar Vidal.

The IWPC was founded as a bipartisan organization, with the goal of providing women with a political education and increasing women's political participation and representation.  In 1973 the IWPC released a report showing that women held only 6.7 percent of all elected offices in Iowa.  The IWPC also worked for the passage of legislation which benefited women, focusing on issues such as welfare, rape, sex discrimination, sex bias in education, the rights of homemakers, and equal access to credit and insurance.

The structure of the IWPC was as follows:  A state chairwoman presided over the organization.  Statewide committees (such as Structure and bylaws, Legislation, Priorities, and Publicity) were composed of IWPC members from across the state.  Administrative decisions were made by the Steering Committee which was composed of delegates from each local caucus, "at-large" delegates from across the state, and a black and a Chicano representative.

In the early 1970s, the IWPC was composed of approximately thirteen local caucuses; by the late 1970s, there were over thirty-five local caucuses.  These local chapters had their own officers and bylaws and worked on local as well as state and national issues.  Local caucuses encouraged women to serve on local boards and commissions and to run for city and county offices.  These chapters provided women with the political education and information needed to make them qualified and confident to run for public office.  Several local caucuses published their own newsletter.

Initial enthusiasm for the IWPC was pronounced.  During its first year, the IWPC reported a membership of around 1,000 and a mailing list of approximately 2,000.  In 1974, Conlin estimated caucus membership to be around 5,000.  State and local meetings consistently reported having twice the expected attendance.

Iowa held the largest state convention in the nation in 1973, and the IWPC remained the largest state chapter of the NWPC until 1980 when it was surpassed by California and Texas.  During the 1970s, the IWPC was considered a model organization by liberal activists in the women's movement across the country.  Its early success was attributed to its bipartisan nature.

The annual legislative goals of the caucus were a major focus, and the IWPC was instrumental in the passage of significant changes in the state's inheritance tax laws (which previously required housewives and farmwives to pay taxes on joint property inherited from their husbands because they were not viewed as contributors to the estate); changes in the state's rape and sexual abuse statutes (to eliminate the provision which required corroborative testimony in rape trials, to eliminate references to victims of sexual assault in the code as "she," to protect rape victims from being questioned about their past sexual histories, and to include marital rape as a crime); the state Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) by the legislature in 1979; and legislation requiring gender balance in the composition of state commissions.

In 1973, the Iowa Women's Caucus Research and Education Center (IWCREC) was founded as a tax exempt branch of the IWPC.  As its name implies, the IWCREC focused on educational and research (rather than political) work.  The IWCREC was involved in grant-funded projects relating to welfare and the public schools.  In the late 1970s, it began a summer leadership camp for high school girls, and sponsored an ambitious series of conferences entitled "Women 2000" in nearly twenty communities around the state.

In 1974, the Win With Women Campaign Support Committee was established to raise money to contribute to women candidates.  It was separated from the IWPC in order to comply with legal requirements governing organizations that make financial contributions to political candidates; in addition, this step made contributions to the fund eligible, as political contributions, for tax credit. Although the Committee meetings and minutes were separate from the IWPC, Win With Women was governed by the Executive Committee of the IWPC, and their meetings were held on the same day in the same location--one following the other.  At these meetings, the committee decided which candidates should receive contributions, and how much each should receive, in accordance with the policies established by the IWPC membership.  In later years, a lobbyist was also paid from this fund.

Although the IWPC advocated the inclusion of women of all races and backgrounds within the organization, the precise meaning and application of this goal was a subject of continued controversy.  Some members advocated explicit affirmative action programs and the selection of delegates to represent various "special interests" within the organization.  Others felt that an open membership policy was adequate and feared the diffusion of the organization's goals.  The IWPC's efforts were criticized by some African-American women who felt that their concerns and participation were not central to the work of the IWPC.

Another ongoing controversy centered on the criteria for endorsing candidates and for contributing to their campaign funds.  During the early days, IWPC campaign contributions were limited by scarce funds.  Members debated whether the IWPC should endorse and fund any woman running for office or only those women who promoted certain women's issues.  They also considered the issue of whether or not male candidates who supported women's issues and had female employees as paid members of their campaign staffs should be eligible for IWPC endorsement and/or funds.   It was decided that male candidates could be endorsed by the IWPC but that the distribution of scarce funds would be limited to women candidates.  Later, when funds increased, male candidates were also financially supported by the IWPC.  Co-endorsements were made at times when the caucus believed that both candidates running would support their agenda.  This policy was also controversial at times, as Republican women charged that the caucus was inclined to favor Democrats.  The records reveal a great deal of discussion and concern over the issue of candidate endorsement.

The IWPC steadily declined in membership throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although its influence at the legislative level continued to be significant, and the annual auction was a successful fundraising event through 1990.  The caucus continued to sponsor workshops, lobby in Des Moines, and network with organizations having common concerns.  Local caucuses ceased to exist as the 1980s wore on; state conventions shrank in size and scope; the state newsletter was published less frequently; and the enthusiasm and energy that had marked the early days was no longer evident.  The 1996 member handbook lists approximately 170 members.  The organization disbanded in 1999.

Elections for chair were held in the fall; hence for each calendar year, there were two chairs.  Chairing the state-wide organization have been:  Conlin (1973-1975); Margaret "Peg" Anderson (1975-1977); Nancy Norman-Uhl (1977-1979); Nancy Sweetman (1979-1981); Alice Claypool (1981-1983); Linda Kirkman (1983-1984); Katherine Ella (1984-1985); Betty Baird (1985-1987); Chris Michalek (1987-1989); Anne Webber (1989-1991); Nancylee Ziese (1991-1993); Janet Fife (1993-1995); Victoria Herring (1995-1997); and Christine (Tina) Manbeck (1998-1999).

A more detailed chronological history of the caucus can be found in the 1996 Member Handbook, in Box 17 of the collection.  A history of the early caucus (1973-1975) was the subject of a Master's Thesis which is on file at Iowa State University:  "A New Dimension in Political Participation: The Women's Political Caucus" by Barbara Louise Burrell (Call Number ISU 1975 B941 in Parks Library, Parks General Collection).

The Iowa Women's Political Caucus records contain materials dating from 1972 to 1999 and measure 13.5 linear feet. The bulk of the material dates from June 1973 (when the first IWPC meeting was held) until 1984 (when a strong campaign was mounted to mobilize women voters to turn out for the precinct caucuses and elections). The records from the 1970s depict an organization bursting forth with a vision and engaged in many activities designed to realize it; the 1980s records are of an organization reaping the benefits of those earlier activities, reflecting on its successes, and considering its future. The 1990s records show an organization in decline--there are few records beyond Steering Committee minutes, annual convention minutes, and occasional newsletters; in other words, established mechanisms continued to operate, but nothing new was being generated. The IWPC collection is strong in its documentation of the second wave women's movement; the issues confronted by middle class women; the priorities, goals, and rhetoric of the movement; and the successes as well as divisions and controversies within it. It demonstrates the vibrancy, energy, and vision of these women, and documents the networks they established as they strove to accomplish their goals. The collection includes a series of studies, questionnaires and surveys that document the condition of Iowa women and the makeup and characteristics of IWPC members. See the 1985 Penultimate Iowa Women's Political Caucus Membership Questionnaire; "A Day with Dee Jepsen;" the "Decade of Action;" the Des Moines Police Department Questionnaire; and the Battered Women survey.

The IWPC collection is arranged in the following series: Administrative files, Committees, Conventions and conferences, Correspondence, Elections and political activities, Events and activities, Fundraisers, Local caucuses, Membership, Newsletter, Newspaper clippings, Position papers, Topical files, Iowa Women's Caucus Research and Education Center (IWCREC), National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), Other organizations, Photographs, and Artifacts.

The original bylaws, as well as subsequently amended versions, can be found in the Administrative files.

The Committee series has a fairly complete record of Steering Committee meetings from 1973-1995 including agendas, minutes, attachments, and attendance lists for many, but not all, of the meetings. The legislative priorities are also of interest, especially in the mid-1970s where they document not only the priorities but the activities and progress being made towards the passage of the desired legislation.

The IWPC held annual conventions and sponsored numerous conferences. The Conventions and conferences series contains material pertaining to these events including organizational materials, brochures, and the minutes of the state conventions where general business (such as officer elections, committee reports, and discussion of caucus priorities) was discussed by the membership.

The Conventions series includes typed transcripts of the 1973 and 1974 convention business meetings. In addition, the collection contains twelve audiocassette recordings of the 1973 convention. Seven of these tapes are recordings of the Sunday business meeting (a transcript of which is located in the Convention series noted above). Other tapes include the keynote address by Sissy Farenthold and tapes of several of the workshops.

Conlin's correspondence with legislators and individual members of the IWPC, and various requests for information from Iowa residents as well as from persons outside the state is found primarily in the Correspondence series (additional correspondence arranged topically is found in other series and subseries). Many individuals who wrote to Conlin were extremely supportive and appreciative of her work and the work of the caucus. Others were quite critical. One such letter (October 3, 1973) from Evelyn Davis expresses the writer's concerns about the domination of the IWPC by white women and the failures to seriously include women of other races and their concerns.

Statistics on women candidates and office holders in statewide offices in Iowa, as well as on the gender make-up of state and county boards and commissions are highlights of the Elections and political activities series. This series also documents the concerted effort the IWPC made during the 1984 precinct caucuses and elections, and contains records on the controversial question of candidate endorsement.

Most of the material in the Events and activities series is from the 1980s. Of particular interest is the women's concerns poll in "A Day with Dee Jepsen," and the founder's questionnaire in "A Decade of Action."

The main fundraising activity of the IWPC was an annual auction held from 1980 to 1990. The Fundraising series includes extensive materials relating to this high profile and successful event.

The Local caucus series includes an organizing manual as well as a practices and procedures manual written by Conlin. It also contains material on thirty-four local caucuses. This material varies in size and scope from caucus to caucus, but the materials on the Polk County and Black Hawk County caucuses are most extensive. (The bulk of the Polk County Women's Political Caucus records are held in a separate collection in the Iowa Women's Archives.) The local caucuses files provide extraordinary access to women's grass roots political activity in the state. The breadth of these records is complemented by the marvelously detailed reports contained in some of the files.

Of particular interest in the Membership series is the "1985 Penultimate Iowa Women's Political Caucus Membership Questionnaire" and the membership handbooks which include the history of the caucus as well as lists of the officers and active members.

The Newsletter series contains issues from 1973 to 1995 of the IWPC newsletter which was eventually (although not initially) called "Caucus Comments." While some issues are missing, it is a fairly comprehensive collection.

Newspaper clippings are sorted by date. Many are from the Des Moines Register, but other Iowa newspapers are represented as well. The collection includes reports and editorials of the activities of the IWPC, women legislators, legislation favored by the IWPC, and topics of interest to the IWPC. Topics covered include the ERA, abortion, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy, affirmative action, welfare, comparable worth, and children's issues. Note that there are many clippings in individual files as well.

Position Papers were generated by the IWPC to assist in the passage of legislation. They are a rich source of the views and priorities of the caucus. Additional position papers can be found scattered throughout the collection in Steering Committee meeting packets, topical files, and legislative priorities.

The Topical files contain materials primarily related to issues with which the IWPC was associated. This series is arranged alphabetically by topic. It includes questionnaires related to rape and physical abuse, and a number of hard to find academic papers and analyses on sexism in education, employment, and women's history. Also included are nine folders of Conlin's longhand drafts of letters, newsletter articles, and brochures.

The Iowa Women's Caucus Research and Education Center series consists of the bylaws, articles of incorporation, minutes, and tax materials of this organization. This series also contains materials assembled for grant proposals to the Iowa Humanities Board for several projects, as well as materials relating to the IWCREC's association with a television project on education. There are extensive records relating to "Women 2000," IWCREC's most ambitious conference, including some evaluations from attendees and correspondence with the Iowa Humanities Board. An educational program complete with slides and audiocassette entitled Recovering our Past: The Struggle for Woman's Suffrage, developed by the Feminist History Research Project in 1974, is also part of this series.

The IWPC was an affiliate caucus of the National Women's Political Caucus (founded in 1971). This series consists of one linear foot of material relating to the NWPC and the IWPC's association with it. Materials relating to their conventions (1973-1985), mailings, newsletters, and steering committee are part of this series. Also included is material relating to a challenge by Betty Friedan to the selection of national steering committee delegates at the 1973 convention. The Credentials Committee folders are the most unusual and important of the NWPC materials. They date from the years that Peg Anderson served on the committee and reveal the internal workings of the NWPC and some of the conflicts among its members. Speeches given at the 1977 convention as well as public service announcements for the NWPC are catalogued with the audiocassettes.

The Other organizations series gives an insight into only a few of the many organizations with which the IWPC collaborated and was associated. Of particular interest are a questionnaire from the Criminal Justice Minority Employment Research Project of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee regarding the affirmative action practices of the Des Moines police department, as well as the extensive file on the Iowa Welfare Coalition. This series offers a more comprehensive view of the network in which the women's movement was imbedded.

The Photographs contain some national as well as many state and local leaders of the women's movement. Many were taken at conferences and events sponsored by the IWPC.

The Artifacts collection has a large selection of buttons with political and feminist slogans such as "Uppity Women Unite" and "Every Mother is a Working Mother," T-shirts and sweatshirts, and a large IWPC banner that can be seen in the video footage of workshops.

It is important to recognize that materials on any given topic may be found in widely separated folders. For example, information on the Girls Leadership Camp is located in a folder in the Events and Activities series of the collection; but it is also found in many of the financial, state convention, and steering committee folders in the Organization section.
Peg Anderson papers (IWA).
 
Polk County Women's Political Caucus records (IWA).
 
Roxanne Barton Conlin papers (IWA).

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES
Series 2: COMMITTEES
Series 3: CONVENTIONS AND CONFERENCES
Series 4: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 5: ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
Series 6: EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Series 7: FUNDRAISERS
Series 8: LOCAL CAUCUSES
Series 9: MEMBERSHIP
Series 10: NEWSLETTER
Series 11: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
Series 12: POSITION PAPERS
Series 13: TOPICAL FILES
Series 14: IOWA WOMEN'S CAUCUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER (IWCREC)
Series 15: NATIONAL WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS
Series 16: OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Series 17: PHOTOGRAPHS
Series 18: ARTIFACTS

  • Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES
  • Box 1:
  • Bylaws: Original - 1973
  • Bylaws - 1975, 1981-1982, 1994
  • Finances: Account book - 1982-1985
  • Finances: Account book - 1985-1987
  • Finances: Budgets, statements, and treasurers reports - 1973-1975
  • Finances: Budgets, statements, and treasurers reports - 1976-96
  • Finances: Budgets, statements, and treasurers reports: Disbursement of funds to candidates - 1976
  • Finances: Budgets, statements, and treasurers reports: Employment tax forms - 1977
  • Finances: Budgets, statements, and treasurers reports: Taxes (contributions) - 1973
  • Office management - 1976-1979
  • Office management - 1980-1995
  • Originals of copied materials (2 folders) - 1983-1984
  • Personnel: Executive director evaluations (Peg Cass) - 1981
  • Personnel: Executive director job description - 1977, 1981
  • Personnel: Lobbyist, Jean Williams - 1982-1986
  • Personnel: Lobbyist, Judie Hoffman - 1992, 1994
  • Personnel: Purpose, undated
  • Resumes of workshop presenters and speakers, undated
  • Telephone tree - 1977
  • Series 2: COMMITTEES
  • Box 2:
  • Elections and rules - 1973
  • Executive - 1981-1984
  • Finance - 1973-1977
  • Goals and objectives - 1983
  • Legislative: General - 1974-1975
  • Legislative: General - 1976-1980
  • Legislative: General - 1981-1982
  • Legislative: Day care task force - 1974-75
  • Legislative: Education programs bill - 1973
  • Legislative: Legislation pending (2 folders) - 1973-74
  • Legislative: Legislation proposed - 1974
  • Legislative: Omnibus Bill on Legal Treatment - 1974
  • Legislative: Priorities - 1974
  • Legislative: Priorities - 1975
  • Legislative: Priorities - 1976
  • Box 3:
  • Legislative: Priorities (18 folders) - 1977-1994
  • Legislative: Sex discrimination - 1974
  • Legislative: Membership - 1974-1975
  • Priorities (2 folders) - 1973-1974
  • Publicity: Press releases - 1974
  • Steering: Organizational meeting, June 3 - 1973
  • Steering: Mailings to - 1973-1974
  • Steering: Mailings to - 1974-1975, 1997
  • Steering: Minutes - 1976
  • Box 4:
  • Steering: Minutes (13 folders) - 1977-1987
  • Box 5:
  • Steering: Minutes (5 folders) - 1988-1995
  • Steering: Attendance forms, undated
  • Steering: Members - 1984-1985
  • Structure and Bylaws: General - 1973-1974
  • Structure and Bylaws: General - 1973-1974
  • Series 3: CONVENTIONS AND CONFERENCES
  • Sub-Series: Conventions (IWPC State)
  • Box 5:
  • Convention packet - 1973
  • Correspondence with elected officials - 1973
  • Mailings (2 folders) - 1973
  • Minutes: Organizing meeting, July 8 - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC004: Conventions (IWPC State): Minutes: Saturday evening session - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC002: Minutes: Sissy Farenthold address - 1973
  • Audiocassettes AC005-011: Minutes: Sunday business meeting - 1973
  • Transcript of proceedings - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC003: Workshops: Child care - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC012: Workshops: How to run and win - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC013: Workshops: How to Lobby - 1973
  • Workshops: Miscellaneous (2 folders) - 1973
  • Brochures and handouts - 1974
  • Correspondence - 1974
  • General: Elected officials - 1974
  • Minutes - 1974
  • Organizational material - 1974
  • Pre-registration list - 1974
  • Box 6:
  • Registration list - 1974
  • Suggestions - 1974
  • Transcript of proceedings - 1974
  • Conference packet and information on workshops - 1975
  • Minutes and other business - 1975
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1976
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1977
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1978
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1979
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1981
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1982
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1983
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1984
  • Box 7:
  • Conventions (IWPC State) - 1985
  • Conventions (IWPC State) convention and videocassettes - 1986
  • Videocassette V215: Mary Louise Smith keynote speech, "The National Outlook for Women" - 1986
  • Videocassette V216: Panel Discussions/Presentations "Running for Office," Rhonda Menke and Joe Shannahan - 1986
  • Videocassette V216: Panel Discussions/Presentations "Campaign Finance," Peggy Huppert - 1986
  • Videocassette V216: Panel Discussions/Presentations "Marital Rape," Roxanne Ward and Rep. Johnie Hammond - 1986
  • Conventions (IWPC State) (5 folders) - 1987-1997
  • Sub-Series: Conferences
  • Box 7:
  • "So You Want to Be in Politics," January: General - 1974
  • "So You Want to Be in Politics," January: Evaluations - 1974
  • "I'm Not a Woman's Libber but...," April - 1975
  • Handouts for "Women in Continuing Education," October - 1975
  • "We the People: A Look at Out Parties," October - 1981
  • Audiocassettes AC510-511: Pay equity in the marketplace conference, keynote speaker Nina Rothchild; panel 1 Carpenter, Corderman, David; panel 2 Binnie, Doderer, Kramer (photographs in Box 30) - 1985
  • Miscellaneous conferences and workshops - 1976-1993
  • Series 4: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 7:
  • Congresspeople - 1973-1975
  • Individual members - 1973-1976
  • Legislation - 1973-1974
  • Requests for information - 1973-1974
  • Requests for information - 1978-1980
  • Box 8:
  • State and federal - 1980-1984
  • Miscellaneous (2 folders) - 1973-1974
  • Miscellaneous - 1978-1979
  • Miscellaneous - 1983-1984
  • Series 5: ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
  • Box 8:
  • Boards and commissions: State - 1974
  • Boards and commissions: State and county - 1979, 1981
  • Candidates (national) - 1984
  • Congressional candidate's questionnaire - 1974
  • Conlin, Roxanne B., gubernatorial campaign - 1982
  • Endorsement: Guidelines and debate - 1974
  • Endorsement: Procedures - 1976
  • Endorsement: Guidelines from NWPC - 1983-1984
  • Endorsement: Iowa - 1984
  • Endorsement: National - 1984
  • General information for candidates - 1974
  • "Iowa Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, Questions and Answers," undated
  • Iowa Caucus Project [also called the "Purple Ribbon" project] (see also Precinct caucuses, 1984, Box 9) - 1984
  • Iowa state-wide offices: Women candidates (2 folders) - 1974
  • Iowa state-wide offices: Women office holders - 1974, 1975, 1986
  • Legislation, federal - 1983-1984
  • Box 9:
  • Legislation, federal: Lobbying Proposal - 1988-1989
  • Maps - 1980-1984
  • National - 1984
  • Precinct caucuses - 1974
  • Precinct caucuses (3 folders) (see also Iowa Caucus Project, Box 8) - 1984
  • Requests for support - 1974
  • Statements to state party platform committees - 1984
  • Voter registration - 1984
  • Win With Women: Establishment of fund - 1974
  • Win With Women - 1983
  • Win With Women - 1984
  • Win With Women: Financial disclosure reports - 1974-1975
  • Win With Women: Financial disclosure reports - 1984
  • Series 6: EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
  • Box 9:
  • Citizen lobbying workshop - 1981
  • A Day with Dee Jepsen: General - 1983
  • A Day with Dee Jepsen: Speeches - 1983
  • Box 10:
  • A Day with Dee Jepsen: Women's concerns poll - 1983
  • Decade of Action: Anniversary celebration - 1983
  • Decade of Action: Iowa Women's Political Caucus founders' questionnaire - 1983
  • Decade of Action: Media awards - 1983
  • Decade of Action: Predictions for 1993 - 1983
  • Decade of Action: Retreat, July 23-24 (see Box 4 for minutes of Steering Committee Meeting held at retreat) - 1983
  • Equal pay for work of comparable value workshop - 1983
  • Exhibit on women in government at state capitol - 1993-1994
  • "Feminist Forum" television show - 1974-1975
  • Girls Leadership Camp - 1983-1984, 1987
  • "Good Guys Awards" - 1987
  • Iowa Girl Scout Legislative Day, March - 1984
  • Phyllis Fry Memorial Fund - 1984
  • Twentieth Anniversary - 1993-1994
  • Miscellaneous - 1976-1996
  • Series 7: FUNDRAISERS
  • Box 10:
  • Auction (2 folders) - 1980
  • Auction - 1981
  • Box 11:
  • Auction (10 folders) - 1982-1987
  • Box 12:
  • Auction (4 folders) - 1988-1990
  • Auction - 1996
  • Auction items - 1980
  • Auctions - 1980-1989
  • Books - 1978
  • Coloring book - 1981
  • Cookbooks - 1978
  • Box 13:
  • Cookbooks - 1979
  • "Dinners for Winners" (2 folders) - 1981, 1983
  • Mary Louise Smith tribute - 1984
  • Merchandise reports - 1978-1979
  • Receipts - 1978
  • Strategies - 1979-1982
  • Story County with Pat Schroeder - 1983
  • Miscellaneous - 1976-1997
  • Series 8: LOCAL CAUCUSES
  • Box 13:
  • Organization: Affirmative action: Plan sent - 1973
  • Organization: Affirmative action: Plan - 1981
  • Organization: Affirmative action: Evaluations - 1983
  • Organization: Application for affiliate caucus approval, undated
  • Organization: Ballots concerning delegates - 1975
  • Organization: Correspondence - 1973, 1989
  • Organization: "How to" organizing manual for caucus leaders, undated
  • Organization: Mailing to local caucus coordinators - 1973
  • Organization: Officer lists (2 folders) - 1974-1978
  • Box 14:
  • Organization: Organizing local caucuses - 1973-1975
  • Organization: Practices and procedures manual, undated - 1973-1974
  • Benton County - 1974-1982
  • Black Hawk County - 1974-1975
  • Boone County - 1974
  • Buena Vista County - 1976-1977
  • Cass County - 1975-1977
  • Cherokee County - 1977
  • Clinton County - 1973-1977
  • Crawford County - 1985
  • Dallas County - 1973-1982
  • Davis County - 1975
  • Delaware County - 1974-1976
  • Dubuque - 1973-1974
  • Fayette County - 1974, 1976
  • Grinnell - 1974
  • Grundy County - 1974-1975
  • Iowa Valley - 1982
  • Jasper County - 1974-1976
  • Johnson County - 1974-1976
  • Lakes Caucus for Informed Women [northwest counties of Emmet, Clay, and Dickinson] - 1975, 1977, 1980
  • Lee County - 1981-1984
  • Linn County - 1974-1976, 1981
  • Marshall County - 1975, 1982
  • Muscatine County - 1974-1975
  • North Iowa (2 folders) - 1974-1984
  • Box 15:
  • Northeast Iowa - 1975
  • Ottumwa area - 1973-1977
  • Polk County [see also Polk County Women's Political Caucus Collection]: Application for affiliation, bylaws and priorities - 1973-1974
  • Polk County [see also Polk County Women's Political Caucus Collection]: Fliers and mailings - 1973-1975
  • Polk County [see also Polk County Women's Political Caucus Collection]: Membership lists - 1974-1976
  • Polk County [see also Polk County Women's Political Caucus Collection]: Newsletters - 1973-1975
  • Polk County [see also Polk County Women's Political Caucus Collection]: Newsletters - 1976-1982
  • Pottawattamie County - 1974-1975
  • Scott County - 1973-1977, 1979
  • Siouxland - 1974-1982
  • Southeast Iowa - 1974-1976
  • Story County - 1974-1984
  • West Central - 1982-1984
  • Winnishiek County - 1975-1976
  • Series 9: MEMBERSHIP
  • Box 16:
  • Form letters - 1973-1974
  • Lists (4 folders) - 1973, 1983, 1984-1985, 1995-1997
  • Lists: Committee volunteers, undated
  • Lists: Convention attendance - 1974
  • Lists: Convention pre-registration - 1973
  • Delegates to state steering committee - 1974-1975
  • Official lists: Sent to local caucuses - 1973
  • Official lists: Sent to NWPC - 1973
  • Official lists: Sent to NWPC (drafts) - 1974-1975
  • Official lists: Sent to NWPC - 1983
  • Miscellaneous (2 folders) - 1973-1974
  • "The 1985 Penultimate Iowa Women's Political Caucus Membership Questionnaire" - 1985
  • Box 17:
  • Handbook [with history]: Originals - 1985
  • Handbook [with history] (2 folders) - 1979-1996
  • Holiday greeting - 1983
  • Reporting forms - 1985
  • Series 10: NEWSLETTER
  • Box 17:
  • Newsletter - 1973-1975
  • "Caucus Comments" [shelved in map case: drawer 3] - 1976-1981
  • "Caucus Comments" (14 folders) - 1982-1995
  • Series 11: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
  • Box 17:
  • Newspaper clippings (2 folders) - 1973-1974
  • Newspaper clippings (3 folders) - 1974
  • Box 18:
  • Newspaper clippings (2 folders) - 1975
  • Newspaper clippings - 1976
  • Newspaper clippings - 1977-1990
  • Newspaper clippings - 1991-1996
  • Newspaper clippings, undated
  • 18a:
  • Newspaper clippings, originals - 1973-1976
  • Series 12: POSITION PAPERS
  • Box 19:
  • Position papers - 1973-1974
  • Position papers - 1975
  • Position papers (4 folders) - 1980-1983
  • Position papers, undated
  • Adoption - 1973-1975
  • Childcare - 1973-1975
  • Rape - 1973-1974
  • Series 13: TOPICAL FILES
  • Box 19:
  • Academic freedom - 1981
  • Affirmative action - 1975-1981
  • Affirmative action: "City of Des Moines Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan" - 1979
  • Affirmative action: Des Moines Human Rights Commission, "A Study of the City's 1972 Affirmative Action Program" - 1978
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) (3 folders) - 1973-1981
  • Box 20:
  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC): "Iowa ADC Characteristics" - 1972, 1974
  • Brochures and pamphlets: First printed brochures - 1973
  • Brochures and pamphlets: Miscellaneous brochures - 1973-1976
  • Brochures and pamphlets: Campaign finance reform - 1989
  • Child care - 1972-1975
  • Child care (2 folders) - 1975-1980
  • Child care barrier planning council reports - 1979, 1980
  • Conlin, Roxanne B., drafts
  • Conlin, Roxanne B.: Newsletter information - 1973
  • Conlin, Roxanne B.: Newsletter information - 1974
  • Conlin, Roxanne B.: Original practices and procedures manual - 1973-1974
  • Conlin, Roxanne B.: Miscellaneous - 1973
  • Conlin, Roxanne B.: Miscellaneous (4 folders) - 1973-1974
  • Divorce - 1979, 1981
  • Box 21:
  • Domestic violence: Battered women survey, undated
  • Domestic violence: Physical abuse questionnaire - 1975
  • Education (2 folders) - 1973-1982
  • Education: "A Look at Women in Education," Department of Health, Education, and Welfare - 1972
  • Education: Area educational agencies - 1975
  • Education: "Dick and Jane as Victims: Sex Stereotyping in Children's Readers" - 1972
  • Education: "Equal Rights for Women in Education," Education Commission of the States - 1975, 1977
  • Education: Iowa Civil Liberties Union's formal charge of sex discrimination against the Des Moines Independent School District - 1973
  • Education: "Jack and Jill" booklet on sex role stereotyping 1972 AAUW - 1972
  • Education: Report of the 17th Annual Conference on Human and Civil Rights in Education, undated
  • Education: "Sex Bias in Educational TV," S. S. Truse - 1973
  • Education: "Sex Equity in Vocational Education in Iowa," League of Women Voters - 1981
  • Education: "Sex Role Stereotyping: An Analysis of Houghton Mifflin Series," M. McCue - 1973
  • Education: Sex stereotyping in children's readers and TV programs - 1974
  • Education: "Sex Stereotyping in Elementary Physical Education Reference Materials," I. Bowers - 1973
  • Education: Sexism - 1973
  • Education: "Sexism in Education: A Report on Elementary Schools," National Organization for Women Education Task Force, Ames, Iowa - 1974
  • Education: Title IX - 1974-1983
  • Education: Tuition tax credits, undated (see also Other organizations: Iowa Coalition for Public Education, Box 29)
  • Education: Workshops and materials for teachers on non-sexist education, undated
  • Employment - 1973-1977
  • Box 22:
  • Employment: "A Descriptive Analysis of the Utilization of Women in the City of Des Moines," K. Schilling - 1975-1979
  • Employment: Comparable worth - 1984
  • Employment: Flex-time - 1975-1979
  • Employment: Flex-time surveys (Iowa) - 1973, 1975
  • Employment: Job Sharing - 1982
  • Employment: "Learned Helplessness: Some Observations of Women in the Labor Force and their Implications for Social Work," E. Wattenberg - 1974
  • Employment: Women Employed reports - 1977
  • Employment: Women workers - 1970-1975
  • Employment: Veterans' preference - 1978-1982
  • Equal Rights Amendment - 1972, 1976
  • Equal Rights Amendment: Materials from organizations opposed - 1974-1975
  • Equal Rights Amendment: Material in support - 1974
  • Equal Rights Amendment: Material in support: Testimony of Louise Noun before Iowa General Assembly - 1979-1980
  • Equal Rights Amendment: Testimony of Mimi Winslow before Senate Judiciary Committee - 1978
  • Families: Family Protection Act - 1979-1981
  • Families: Iowa's White House Conference - 1980
  • Families: Feminization of poverty - 1981-1982
  • Families: Health care - 1984
  • Audiocassettes AC512-513 (begins near end of side 2): History: Address by Dr. Dorothy Schwieder on women's suffrage and Carrie Chapman Catt, undated
  • History: Bibliographies, undated
  • History: "A Brief History of Women in the Iowa Legislature" - 1976
  • History: "Legislative Highlights 1884-1983," undated
  • History: Newspaper clippings - 1973, 1976, 1984
  • History: "Women in State Legislatures," S. Blessman - 1984
  • Homemakers - 1973-1981
  • Homemakers: Roxanne Conlin, "The Legal Status of Homemakers in Iowa" - 1975
  • Homemakers: Displaced - 1978-1979
  • Income tax check-off - 1974
  • Box 23:
  • "Inequality of Sacrifice: the Impact of the Reagan Budget on Women" - 1982
  • Inheritance tax - 1974
  • International Women's Year - 1975
  • Interns - 1974
  • "Introduction to the Women's Movement" - 1973
  • Iowa Welfare Association Conference - 1974
  • Juvenile justice - 1974
  • Juvenile justice - 1977-1980
  • Juvenile justice: "A Plan for Polk County's Juvenile Justice System" - 1981
  • Media: Women and advertising - 1973
  • Media: Women and the media task force - 1973-1975
  • Peace - 1982
  • Pornography - 1983-1984
  • Rape - 1974, 1978-1981
  • Rape: Ruth Harkin testimony - 1975
  • Rape: Questionnaire - 1973
  • Speakers' Institute, undated
  • Statistics on Iowa women - 1980
  • Welfare: "Discrimination against women: the case of government benefits," S. M. Buttrick and V. S. Lies, undated
  • Welfare: "Perspective on Welfare," S. Cline, undated
  • Series 14: IOWA WOMEN'S CAUCUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER (IWCREC)
  • Box 23:
  • Articles of Incorporation - 1974
  • Bylaws, undated
  • "An Answer to a Man's Question" [script for skit], undated
  • "Changing Lives: Options and Opportunities" conference: Grant proposals and correspondence with Iowa Board for Public Programs in the Humanities - 1976-1977
  • "Changing Lives: Options and Opportunities" conference: Planning and correspondence with participants - 1976-1977
  • Donations: NWPC Women's Appointments Project - 1978
  • Donations: Workshop at San Jose NWPC Conference - 1977
  • Grant proposals - 1973-1975
  • Box 24:
  • Hoenk, Paul--television project (public schools) - 1974
  • "Impact of Religion on Public Policy Issues" grant proposal - 1978
  • Position paper project - 1978
  • Pre-activation training by Iowa Board for Public Programs in the Humanities - 1975
  • Primer for school board members and administrators on sexism, undated
  • Audiocassette AC506: "Recovering our Past: The Struggle for Woman's Suffrage," Feminist History Research Project (see also slides and audiocassette that accompany text; slides in Box 30) - 1974
  • "Shaping the Workplace: 2000 Conference" - 1988
  • Status report, July - 1974
  • Tax material - 1974
  • Women 2000 Conference: Additions to proposal, long-hand, undated - 1975-1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Budgets and correspondence with Iowa Board for Public Programs in the Humanities (IBPPH) - 1975-1977
  • Women 2000 Conference: Final assessment and reports to IBPPH - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Grant proposals and responses - 1974-1977
  • Women 2000 Conference: Organizational matters and correspondence - 1975-1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Atlantic - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Burlington - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Cedar Falls - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Cedar Rapids - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Clinton - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Council Bluffs - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Davenport - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Dubuque - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Estherville - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Fayette - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Fort Dodge - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Marshalltown - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Mason City - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Mitchellville - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Muscatine - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Newton - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Ottumwa - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Pella - 1976
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Perry - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Individual sessions: Sioux City - 1975
  • Women 2000 Conference: Miscellaneous - 1974-1975
  • Series 15: NATIONAL WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS
  • Box 25:
  • Bylaws - 1973
  • Bylaws - 1980, 1983, 1984
  • Candidate recruitment campaign - 1995-1996
  • Conventions - 1973
  • Conventions: General materials - 1973
  • Conventions: Friedan, Betty, challenge to delegate selection - 1973
  • Conventions - 1974
  • Conventions: General - 1974
  • Conventions: "Putting on a Convention" - 1974
  • Conventions - 1975
  • Conventions: General materials - 1975
  • Conventions: Iowa bid - 1975
  • Conventions (3 folders) - 1977
  • Audiocassettes AC514-519: Conventions: Keynote speeches (see also NWPC Convention: 1977: folder 3 for text on speakers) - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC514: Patsy Mink, Jill Ruckelshaus, Janet Hayes, and Frances "Sissy" Farenthold - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC515: Liz Carpenter and Leona Egeland - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC516: Gloria Steinem - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC517: Mary Louise Smith, Susanne Wilson, and C. Delores Tucker - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC518: Arabella Martinez, Barbara Mikulski, March Fong Eu, and LaDonna Harris - 1977
  • Audiocassette AC519: Paquita Vivo and Mary Crisp - 1977
  • Conventions (2 folders) - 1979
  • Conventions (2 folders) - 1981
  • Box 26:
  • Conventions - 1983
  • Conventions (3 folders) - 1985
  • Correspondence - 1973-1974
  • Credentials Committee (4 folders) - 1977, 1979
  • Democratic Party - 1975
  • Elective strategies - 1973-1974
  • Finance - 1973-1974
  • Box 27:
  • Information requests - 1982, 1983
  • Iowa membership reports (3 folders) - 1982-1984
  • Leadership mailings (4 folders) - 1981-1983
  • Legislation - 1973-1975
  • Legislation - 1983-1984
  • Legislation: Federal - 1981-1982
  • Mailings: State and local caucus leaders - 1973-1975
  • Box 28:
  • Mailings: Miscellaneous - 1972-1974
  • Membership brochures, undated - 1985-1989, 1993, 1998
  • Newsletters (national) - 1973-1974
  • Newsletters (national) - 1974-1975
  • Newsletters (national): Miscellaneous - 1977, 1984, 1988
  • Organizational chart - 1981
  • Organizing packet for state caucuses, undated
  • Personnel - 1983
  • Presidents message - 1991
  • Press clippings - 1982-1983
  • Priorities - 1973
  • Audiocassette AC508: Public service announcements, undated
  • Reports from IWPC - 1973
  • Republican party--rule 29 - 1974
  • Resolutions (state and national) - 1981
  • State chapters - 1973
  • State chapters - 1974
  • State chapters - 1975
  • State chapters, undated
  • Steering Committee: General - 1983-1984
  • Steering Committee: Meeting - 1974-1975
  • Steering Committee: Membership lists - 1973
  • Steering Committee: Minutes - 1973-1975
  • Steering Committee: Miscellaneous - 1974
  • Vice-chair report of Rita Triviz - 1978
  • Series 16: OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
  • Box 29:
  • Book Peddlers - 1984
  • Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women - 1972
  • Des Moines police department, questionnaire from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 1982
  • ERA Iowa - 1992
  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission - 1982-1983
  • Iowa Coalition for Public Education - 1981-1982
  • Iowa Coalition for Public Education: Statewide survey on tuition tax credits (See also: Topical Files: Education: Tuition Tax Credits, Box 21) - 1982
  • Iowa Commission on the Status of Women - 1973-1988
  • Iowa Democratic Party - 1975
  • Iowa Inter-Church Consortium for Governmental Concerns - 1978-1982
  • Iowa Mother's Association - 1974
  • Iowa National Organization for Women, undated
  • Iowa Ripon - 1984
  • Iowa Welfare Coalition - 1974-1978
  • Non-Iowa Women's Political Caucus newsletters - 1984
  • Planned Parenthood - 1981, 1983
  • Poor Peoples Press - 1981-1982
  • Rural America - 1981-1982
  • Women and Work Task Force - 1982-1984
  • Women Employed Institute - 1983
  • Audiocassette AC507: Women's Vote Project [5 30-second public service announcements encouraging women to vote]
  • Audiocassette AC509: Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) 3rd annual Women of Achievement Awards keynote address by Letty Cottin Pogrebin - 1984
  • Series 17: PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Box 29:
  • Photographs (7 folders) - 1976-1980
  • Photographs: (Katherine Ella, Linda Kirkman, Monica McFadden, JeanWilliams) - 1984
  • Celebrities for Auction (Barbara Boxer, Geraldine Ferraro, Barbara Mikulski, Pat Schroeder) - 1987
  • Box 30:
  • National Women's Political Caucus Convention (negatives only) - 1985
  • National Women's Political Caucus Steering Committee with Peg Anderson, undated
  • "Outreach '84" Auction (slides) - 1984
  • Pay equity in the marketplace conference: photos and negatives (Audiocassettes AC510-511: tapes of conference) - 1985
  • "Recovering our Past: The Struggle for Woman's Suffrage," Feminist History Project slides (see also Audiocassette AC506 to accompany presentation; see IWCREC series Box 24 for text) - 1974
  • State Convention (Bella Abzug, Mary Louise Smith, Gloria Steinem: slides only) - 1974
  • Tennis - 1976
  • Women legislators (Joy Corning, Jane Teaford, Johnnie Hammond, Linda Beatty, Janet Metcalf) - 1984
  • Unidentified, undated (slides)
  • Series 18: ARTIFACTS
  • Box 31:
  • Blue banner suitable for hanging on a wall or carrying in a parade, "Iowa Women's Political Caucus in white letters
  • Button with Women's Political Caucus logonote attached says "Button from packet sent to participants in the capital square event, 1984" - 1984
  • Decorative glass pane suitable for framing, "IWPC Good Guy 1987" (2 folders) - 1987
  • Gavel
  • Necklace with wooden symbol for women on it
  • "Pro Family, Pro ERA--Iowa Women's Political Caucus" stickers, 5 in an envelope with note stating, "We wore these at the Iowa White House Conference on families 3/29/80 at North High School, Des Moines" - 1980
  • Purple ribbons (made of yarn) from the 1984 Caucus Project - 1984
  • Refrigerator magnet, "Some leaders are born women!"
  • Yellow scarf with ERA in black letters in the shape of Iowa
  • Box 32:
  • Buttons with campaign and feminist slogans
  • Box 33:
  • Sweatshirts, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote"
  • Sweatshirt, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote" White, 2 medium
  • Sweatshirt, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote" White, 2 X-large
  • Box 34:
  • T shirts, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote"
  • T shirts, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote" White, 9 medium
  • T shirts, "Do Something Outrageous: Vote" Gray, 1 small