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Guide to the Know Your Neighbor Club (Williams, Iowa) records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1926-1996
Creator: Know Your Neighbor Club (Williams, Iowa)
Extent: 5.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0291
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Farm women's club organized in 1926.

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 398) were donated by Marie Ricke in 1996.

Preferred Citation: Know Your Neighbor Club (Williams, Iowa) 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 Know Your Neighbor Club (KYN) of Williams, Iowa, was a farm women's club organized in 1926. The club held meetings on the second and fourth Thursday afternoon of each month, but limited its meetings in the summer because of the members many farm responsibilities. Club membership was limited to eighteen; small children often attended with their mothers. The club activities consisted mainly of handicrafts, such as sewing. The club also held social events, such as baby showers and family picnics. The club was still in existence in 1997.

The Know Your Neighbor Club records date from 1926 to 1996 and measure 5 linear inches. The records consist of a history, minutes, correspondence, and photographs. They document the activities of this social group of rural farm women near Williams, Iowa.

The history (1996) was written by longtime member Marie Ricke. It gives a brief description of the club's origin and the activities at club meetings. Also, it includes a list of the 1997 members.

The minutes (1926-1994) contain roll call lists of members, and lists of dues paid. The minutes also contain brief accountsof the events that occurred at club meetings.

The correspondence (1966-1991 and undated)contains cards received by the Know Your Neighbor Club, such as wedding anniversary party invitations.

The photographs dated May 24, 1973 and June9, 1983 are of the club's 50th and 60th anniversary parties.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • History by member Marie Ricke - 1996
  • Minutes - 1926-1930
  • Minutes - 1931-1935
  • Minutes - 1936-1940
  • Minutes - 1941-1945
  • Minutes - 1946-1950
  • Minutes - 1951-1954
  • Minutes - 1955-1960
  • Minutes - 1961-1965
  • Minutes - 1966-1970
  • Minutes - 1971-1978
  • Minutes - 1979-1986
  • Minutes - 1987-1994
  • Correspondence - 1966-1991
  • Photographs:May 24, 2012 (50th anniversary) - 1973
  • Photographs: June 9, 2012 (60th anniversary) - 1983