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Guide to the Percival Needlecrafters scrapbooks

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1976-1992
Creator: Percival Needlecrafters (1976-1992)
Extent: 5.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0155
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Percival, Iowa club that made quilts to raise money for the community.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 1

Access: The scrapbooks are open for research

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

Acquisition: The scrapbooks (donor no. 227) were donated by Jean Schobert in 1994.

Preferred Citation: Percival Needlecrafters scrapbooks, 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 genesis of the Percival Needlecrafters was a quilt fair and bazaar held in the Percival, Iowa gym on June 14, 1975. Participating clubs in the fair included the Best Ever Club and the Friendly Neighbors Club. The needlework club was an informal club with no officers or dues. Anyone in the community could participate.

The first meeting of the needlecrafters was held on February 11, 1976. During its first four years, the club made four quilts of traditional patterns which were donated to the Percival Fire Department and subsequently auctioned off to raise money for special needs of the fire department. Another major project of the club was to make quilted lap robes which were donated to residents at area rest homes.

The Percival Needlecrafters disbanded in late 1992.

The Percival Needlecrafters scrapbooks date from 1976 to 1992 and measure 5 linear inches. 

Two of the scrapbooks include handwritten minutes of meetings, photographs of meetings and of various quilts, and other memorabilia.  The first of these scrapbooks has a crazy-quilt cover sewn of polyester fabric with the club's name and designs embroidered on the front.

The third scrapbook contains photographs, typed descriptions, and newspaper clippings of the first four quilts made by the members from 1976 to 1979 as well as the lap robes they made.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Scrapbooks (photographs and minutes) - 1976-1988
  • Box 2:
  • Scrapbooks (photographs; minutes from 1988 -1992) - 1980-1992
  • Box 3:
  • Scrapbooks (quilt project) - 1976-1979