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Guide to the Young Women's Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1979-2003
Creator: Young Women Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0048
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: This local organization's goal was to, educate, and empower young women in the Greater Des Moines area through counsleing and other programs.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 videocassettes [V25 and V43]

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 102) were donated by Jan Belucchi in 1991 and Anne Sexton in 2002.

Preferred Citation: Young Women's Resource Center 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

The Young Women´s Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) opened in January 1978 and became a United Way Agency in 1980. The organization´s mission is to enlighten, educate, and empower young women in the Greater Des Moines area by providing free, voluntary, and confidential counseling services from a feminist point of view. The Young Women´s Resource Center (YWRC) offers a variety of programs, including "It Takes Two," a pregnancy prevention and sexual education program emphasizing the importance of both female and male responsibility; "Problem Solving," a counseling program for individuals or groups that assists with problems such as sexual abuse, dating violence, and crisis intervention; and "Young Moms," a program that offers education and support for pregnant and parenting women between the ages of 13 and 21. The YWRC also participates in community education through speaking engagements and workshops.

The Young Women's Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) records date from 1979 to 2003 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The records are arranged alphabetically and consist of annual reports, brochures, promotional materials, and several copies of "Deviance," a zine written by young women at the YWRC dealing with issues such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. The "Reflections of Visionary Women" materials are from a banquet hosted by the YWRC honoring six Iowa women: Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's first woman attorney general; Willie Glanton, political activist and community leader; Mary Kramer, Iowa senator; Peggy Patrick, leader in the Des Moines area arts community; Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan, leading health-care executive, and Connie Wimer, a Des Moines, Iowa, business leader.
Louise Noun papers (IWA): Noun helped found the Young Women's Resource Center, see Box 7.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • General - 1995-2003
  • Annual reports - 1979, 2000-2003
  • "Deviance" - 1997-2000
  • V43: Promotional video (16 minutes) - 1994
  • "Reflections of Visionary Women": Program - 1991
  • V25: Reflections of Visionary Women: Videocassette - 1991
  • "Voices That Matter: A Des Moines Girls' Survival Handbook" compiled and written by Wendy Galliart and other young women - 1997