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Guide to the Beverly A. Hannon papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1968-1995
Creator: Hannon, Beverly A. (1932-)
Extent: 16.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0065
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Two-term Iowa state senator. Hannon chaired the Human Resources Committee and was instrumental in founding the Iowa Women's Foundation in Iowa City.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in boxes 33-34
22 audiocassettes [AC423-443, AC1097-1098]
8 videocassettes [V173-179, V346]

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 119) were donated by Beverly A. Hannon in 1993 and succeeding years.

Preferred Citation: Beverly A. Hannon papers, 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

Beverly A. Hannon, two-term Iowa state senator from 1985 to 1992, was born on March 30, 1932 in Manchester, Iowa, to John and Kathryn Hahesy. She attendedSt. Xavier's Elementary School and graduated from Manchester High School in 1950. In 1961 she married David L. Hannon, a program manager at Rockwell-Collins in Cedar Rapids. When the youngest of their six children entered kindergarten, Hannon enrolled in Kirkwood Community College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1982 and in 1990 a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa.

Hannon first entered Democratic Party politics in Jones County. Dismayed with the Democratic county chairman's stand on abortion and his attitude toward women, she was preparing to run for his position in 1984 when she was asked to run for the state senate instead. The District 22 lines had been redrawn following the 1980 census,making the district more Democratic. She defeated the incumbent, Merlin Hulse, by 200 votes, served a four-year term, and in 1988 defeated Hurley Hall by about 2500 votes, an incumbent senator who moved into her district and changed parties to run against her.

Following redistricting in 1990, Hannon's residence was situated in the new District 20, but she lost most of her base of support. In the 1992 election, incumbent Jack Rife, a ten-year Republican senator and Senate Minority Leader, was placed in the same district as incumbent Republican Richard Drake. Rife used the address within District 20 for his campaign address but continued to reside outside District 20.

During her eight years in the Iowa Senate Hannon chaired the Human Resources committee and was vice-chair of the Small Business and Economic Development committee. She also served on the Energy and Environmentand the Local Government committees as well as the appropriations sub-committee of Health and Human Resources.

Hannon's legislative activities focused on health and family issues. She was an outspoken supporter of reproductive rights and an opponent of parental notification legislation requiring that parents of minors wishing to have an abortion be notified in advance. Hannonwas deeply committed to her constituents, conscientiously responding to their inquiries and concerns. In each of her three senatorial races she was an avid campaigner.

Hannon made two trips to Central America, the first in 1986 to Honduras and Nicaragua as one of four legislators went to determine the advisability of sending an Iowa Guard medical and dental unit to Honduras. The following year she was part of a twelve-woman delegation to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, sponsored by the Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Center for Global Education. In 1989 she attended the UnitedStates/Salvadoran Women's Conference in Mexico, under the auspices of the Foundation for a Compassionate Society. These trips confirmed Hannon's strong opposition to United States policy in Central America.

In 1992 Hannon helped form the Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN) to focus on recruiting, educating, supporting and electing pro-choice Democrat women in Iowa local and state government. In 1993, Hannon worked for the University of Iowa Pre-Vocational Training Program, which was designed to place women in nontraditional employment and education programs. Hannon was instrumental in founding the Iowa Women's Foundation based in Iowa City. Hannon received numerous honors and awards for her legislative leadership and her academic achievements.

The Beverly Hannon papers date from 1968 to 1995 and measure 16 linear feet.  The papers are arranged in seven series: Biographical information, Campaigns, Senatorial District 22 (20), Legislative service, Media, Legislative issues, and Photographs.  The papers reveal the myriad concerns and responsibilities of a state legislator.  Each series consists primarily of correspondence, memoranda, notes, and newspaper clippings, which relate to Hannon's activities as a state senator.

Before donating her papers to the Iowa Women's Archives, Hannon wrote extensive notes explaining the issues and people especially significant to her during her legislative service, and explaining the content of various files.  These notes and comments provide valuable insight into her interpretation of a senator's role.  The comments and the materials to which they refer appear throughout the collection.  Those not incorporated topically are included in the Legislative service series.

Of particular interest in the Biographical information series are the speeches, articles, and statements by Hannon; articles written about her; and questionnaires she completed on a wide variety of topics.  Letters written in the 1980s to her mother, Kathryn Hahesy by various correspondents are also included in this series.

The materials which relate to her three Campaigns are organized chronologically, with subseries devoted to the 1984, 1988, and 1992 campaigns.  Each consists of materials about the campaign: strategy and organization, budgets, publicity, events, and her opponents: Merlin Hulse in 1984, Hurley Hall in 1988, and Jack Rife in 1992.

The Senatorial District 22 (20) series consists of constituents' responses to questionnaires and correspondence with constituents in the various towns of the district. Hannon resided in District 22 until redistricting in 1990 changed the boundaries; thereafter her same residence was in District 20.

The Legislative Service series comprises materials which relate to Hannon's role as a senator: calendars, correspondence with national and state officials, Political Action Committee (PAC) activities, and Hannon's participation in a numerous national legislators' conferences.

Regular columns Hannon wrote for newspapers in her district and the press releases from her senatorial office are included in the Media series.

Hannon was concerned with a wide variety of issues but focused primarily on social issues: family, health, environment, reproductive rights and women.  Materials about these issues are included in the Legislative Issues series.

The Photographs series documents Hannon's legislative campaigns and senatorial duties as well as her family.The Artifacts series consists of campaign buttons, T-shirts and banners.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Series 2: CAMPAIGNS
Series 3: SENATORIAL DISTRICT 22 (20)
Series 4: LEGISLATIVE SERVICE
Series 5: MEDIA
Series 6: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES - 1985-1992
Series 7: PHOTOGRAPHS

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
  • Box 1:
  • Articles about Hannon - 1984-1994
  • Awards - 1988-1993
  • Correspondence (3 folders) - 1968, 1978-1995
  • Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN) Flyers - 1992-1994
  • Audiotapes: Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN) [AC423-AC441] - 1992-1994
  • Videotapes: Democratic Activist Women's Network (DAWN) [V173-V179] - 1992-1994
  • Education: Kirkwood Community College - 1979-1991
  • Education: University of Iowa, Alpha Sigma Lambda - 1986-1990
  • Education: University of Iowa, Papers "Abortion in Iowa: History and Players" - 1990
  • Education: University of Iowa, Papers "I Make Tortillas" - 1988
  • Box 2:
  • Education: University of Iowa, Papers "Survey: Spouses of Iowa Women Legislators" - 1989
  • Education: University of Iowa, Miscellaneous - 1981-1990
  • Family - 1982-1991
  • Financial - 1986-1994
  • Gender issues - 1982-1994
  • Hahesy, Kathryn [mother of Beverly Hannon], Correspondence (5 folders) - 1980-1989
  • Box 3:
  • Application for employment with Harkin-Clinton - 1992-1993
  • Health - 1983-1986
  • Internships - 1990-1991
  • Oral history interview by Suzanne Schenken ("A Political Dialogue: Iowa's Women Legislators")
  • Religion and the Catholic church - 1978-1994
  • Resumes - 1986-1992
  • Questionnaires (2 folders) - 1984-1992
  • Speeches and articles by Hannon (2 folders) - 1983-1994
  • Miscellaneous
  • Series 2: CAMPAIGNS
  • Box 4:
  • Background - 1984
  • Brochure - 1984
  • Correspondence - 1984
  • Events - 1984
  • Finances, Budget - 1984
  • Finances, Campaign disclosure - 1984
  • Finances, Contributions - 1984
  • Finances, Fundraisers - 1984
  • Hulse, Merlin (opponent) - 1984
  • Jones County Democratic Committee - 1984
  • Kaul, Donald, correspondence - 1984
  • Newspaper clippings - 1984
  • Box 5:
  • Strategy and organization - 1984
  • Announcement - 1988
  • Background - 1988
  • Campaign calendar [shelved in map case] - 1988
  • Congratulatory letters - 1988
  • Correspondence - 1988
  • Election results - 1988
  • Events - 1988
  • Finances, Budget - 1988
  • Finances, Contributions (2 folders) - 1988
  • Box 6:
  • Finances, Fundraisers - 1988
  • Hall, Hurley (opponent) - 1988
  • Iowa Democratic Party - 1988
  • Issue positions - 1988
  • Primary election - 1988
  • Publicity, Media (2 folders) - 1988
  • Publicity, Signs - 1988
  • Strategy and organization - 1988
  • Announcement - 1992
  • Campaign letters - 1992
  • Box 7:
  • Correspondence and notes (3 folders) - 1992
  • District 20 - 1992
  • Finances, Contributions (2 folders) - 1992
  • Finances, Fundraisers (2 folders) - 1992
  • Box 8:
  • Strategy and organization (2 folders) - 1992
  • Publicity, General - 1992
  • Publicity, Printing - 1992
  • Publicity, Radio and television - 1992
  • Publicity, Signs - 1992
  • Rife, Jack (opponent): General - 1992
  • Box 9:
  • Rife, Jack (opponent): Hannon/Rife positions and legislation - 1992
  • Rife, Jack (opponent): Newspaper clippings (2 folders) - 1992
  • Series 3: SENATORIAL DISTRICT 22 (20)
  • Sub-Series: General
  • Box 9:
  • Constituent congratulatory letters - 1985-1992
  • Maps - 1985-1992
  • Redistricting - 1985-1992
  • Questionnaires returned by constituents [with Representative Andy McKean] - 1985
  • Questionnaires returned by constituents - 1988
  • Questionnaires returned by constituents (3 folders) - 1991
  • Box 10:
  • Questionnaires returned by constituents (2 folders) - 1992
  • Sub-Series: Correspondence
  • Box 10:
  • Cedar County: Bennett
  • Cedar County: Clarence
  • Cedar County: Durant
  • Box 11:
  • Cedar County: Mechanicsville
  • Cedar County: Stanwood
  • Cedar County: Tipton (3 folders)
  • Cedar County: West Branch general (2 folders)
  • Cedar County: West Branch, Herbert Hoover Historic Site
  • Cedar County: Wilton
  • Cedar County: Miscellaneous
  • Box 12:
  • Jones County: Anamosa general (2 folders)
  • Jones County: Anamosa, Grant Wood Festival
  • Jones County: Martelle
  • Jones County: Monticello (2 folders)
  • Jones County: Morley
  • Jones County: Olin
  • Box 13:
  • Jones County: Oxford Junction
  • Jones County: Wyoming
  • Jones County: Miscellaneous
  • Linn County: Ely
  • Linn County: Cedar Rapids general (3 folders)
  • Linn County: Cedar Rapids, Indian Creek Nature Center
  • Linn County: Cedar Rapids, Linn County Medical Society
  • Linn County: Fairfax
  • Linn County: Lisbon
  • Linn County: Mount Vernon
  • Box 14:
  • Linn County: Mount Vernon
  • Linn County: Springville
  • Linn County: Miscellaneous
  • Scott County
  • Series 4: LEGISLATIVE SERVICE
  • Box 14:
  • Notes and recollections (3 folders) - 1985-1992
  • Calendars and events - 1985-1986
  • Box 15:
  • Calendars and events (3 folders) - 1992
  • Correspondence: Iowans outside district
  • Correspondence: National officials
  • Correspondence: State officials (2 folders)
  • Correspondence: Democratic politics (2 folders)
  • Directories and Registers, and maps
  • Box 16:
  • Directories and Registers, and maps (2 folders)
  • Department of Human Resources
  • Human Resource Committee: Issues
  • Human Resource Committee: Bills (2 folders)
  • Iowa Democratic Party
  • Box 17:
  • Legislators conferences: Council of State Governments, Lake of the Ozarks, August - 1986
  • Legislators conferences: Health Care, Rensselaerville, New York, July - 1987
  • Midwestern Legislative Conference, St. Paul, Minn., August - 1989
  • National Council of State Legislators, Nashville, Tenn., August - 1990
  • Legislators conferences: Health Care Ethics, Charlottesville, Va., November - 1990
  • Legislators conferences: Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP), San Diego, Ca., November - 1991
  • Women State Legislators Roundtable, Kansas City, Mo., June - 1992
  • Legislators conferences: Miscellaneous
  • Newspaper clippings - 1984-1985
  • Office staff
  • Political Action Committees (PACs): Correspondence - 1985-1992
  • Political Action Committees (PACs): Labor (2 folders) - 1984-1992
  • Box 18:
  • Political Action Committees (PACs): Legislators' voting records [as compiled by various PACs]
  • Political Action Committees (PACs): Miscellaneous (2 folders)
  • Series 5: MEDIA
  • Box 18:
  • Correspondence - 1984-1985
  • Correspondence - 1986-1991
  • Newsletter/Media file - 1984-1988
  • Newspaper columns by Hannon (2 folders) - 1986-1992
  • Box 19:
  • Newspaper columns by Hannon - 1992
  • Press releases (8 folders) - 1985-1992
  • Series 6: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES - 1985-1992
  • Sub-Series: Central America
  • Box 19:
  • Citizens' Hearing on Central America, March 15 - 1986
  • Correspondence (2 folders)
  • Box 20:
  • Iowa activists
  • Iowa National Guard in Honduras report, July 17 - 1986
  • Newspaper clippings
  • United States-El Salvador conference, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2 folders) - 1989
  • Sub-Series: Corrections
  • Box 20:
  • Blue Ribbon Panel on Sentencing
  • Anamosa Reformatory
  • Sub-Series: Economic development
  • Box 20:
  • Americans for Economic Rights
  • Box 21:
  • General issues (3 folders)
  • Family Farm and Small Business committee
  • Small Town and Rural Interest in Development and Employment (STRIDE)
  • Tourism
  • Sub-Series: Education
  • Box 22:
  • American College Testing
  • Correspondence (3 folders)
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
  • Drop Out Prevention Study Committee
  • Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Non-public schools
  • Multicultural non-sexist education
  • Regents' institutions: Iowa State University
  • Regents' institutions: University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa
  • Sub-Series: Environment
  • Box 23:
  • Backbone State Park: General (2 folders)
  • Backbone State Park: Harry Powell, Sr.
  • Deer
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Energy conservation
  • Exxon
  • Iowa Beef Processors Inc. (IBP): General (2 folders)
  • Iowa Beef Processors Inc. (IBP): MacEachern correspondence
  • Box 24:
  • Natural resource issues
  • Oxford Mills dam
  • Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)
  • Recycling
  • Soil conservation
  • Trails (2 folders)
  • Trees Forever
  • Waste management
  • Sub-Series: Ethics
  • Box 24:
  • Ethics
  • Sub-Series: Family
  • Box 25:
  • Adoption
  • Children: Abuse
  • Child support committees (4 folders)
  • Children: General issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Box 26:
  • Elderly
  • Family therapy
  • Hospice
  • Housing
  • Living will
  • Parental leave
  • State Human Investment Policy (SHIP)
  • Audiocassette: Surrogate parenting [AC442-AC443]
  • Sub-Series: Farm
  • Box 26:
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Iowa Farmers Union
  • Sub-Series: Health
  • Box 26:
  • Medical ailments: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Box 27:
  • Medical ailments: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Medical ailments: Chlamydia
  • Medical ailments: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Medical ailments: Disabilities
  • Medical ailments: Head injury
  • Medical ailments: Infertility
  • Medical ailments: Mental health
  • Medical ailments: Smoking
  • Medical ailments: Substance abuse
  • Health Professions: Clinical laboratory licensing
  • Health Professions: Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
  • Health Professions: Indigent health care
  • Health Professions: Midwifery
  • Health Professions: Nursing
  • Health Professions: Optometry: Gary Fisher case
  • Box 28:
  • Health Professions: Optometry: Gary Fisher case
  • Health Professions: Optometry: Physician assistants
  • Health care
  • Healthy Iowans 2000
  • Insurance
  • Other health issues (2 folders)
  • Sub-Series: Military
  • Box 28:
  • Armory funding
  • Correspondence (2 folders)
  • Box 29:
  • Department of Defense "Boss Lift"
  • Education
  • Iowa National Guard
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Procurement Office, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Veterans
  • Sub-Series: Reproductive rights
  • Box 29:
  • Abortion: Correspondence (2 folders)
  • Abortion: Crime statistics
  • Abortion: Insurance
  • Abortion: Legislation
  • Abortion: Notes
  • Abortion: Overview of Issues (Hannon)
  • Box 30:
  • Abortion: Planned Parenthood (2 folders)
  • Right-to-Life organizations and literature
  • Videocassette: "A Reflection on Life," [V346]
  • Audiocassette: "Post Abortion Syndrome," [AC1097]
  • Audiocassette: Project 600 Aid to Women, [AC1098]
  • Abortion: Statistical reporting
  • Adolescent pregnancy: Correspondence
  • Adolescent pregnancy: Legislation (3 folders)
  • Box 31:
  • Adolescent pregnancy: Reports
  • Parental notification: Correspondence (5 folders)
  • Parental notification: Hearing (2 folders)
  • Box 32:
  • Parental notification: Legislation
  • Parental notification: Newspaper clippings
  • Sub-Series: Stalker bill
  • Box 32:
  • Stalker bill
  • Sub-Series: Taxes
  • Box 32:
  • Taxes (2 folders)
  • Sub-Series: Women
  • Box 32:
  • Athletics
  • Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - 1991-1992
  • Female-dominated Jobs Study committee
  • Government
  • Iowa Women's Political Caucus (IWPC)
  • Rest rooms in government buildings ["potty parity"]
  • Box 33:
  • Women's Legislative Caucus(WLC) (2 folders)
  • Miscellaneous issues (2 folders)
  • Sub-Series: Other issues
  • Box 33:
  • Other issues
  • Series 7: PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Box 33:
  • Political (3 folders)
  • Box 34:
  • Political (3 folders)
  • Family
  • Box 35:
  • Artifacts