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Guide to the Athens History Circle (Iowa City, Iowa) records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1902-2004
Creator: Athens History Circle (Iowa City, Iowa)
Extent: 10.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0293
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Iowa City study club organized in 1897.

Access: The records are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 400) were donated by the Athens History Circle in 1997 and 2006.

Preferred Citation: Athens History Circle 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

The Athens History Circle was organized in Iowa City in 1897. The group originally formed to study "great men and famous women." This was the title of a subscription series of books bought by the original members and was the foundation of their study for eleven years. The meetings had been informal, but in 1904 the group adopted its first constitution and elected officers. The circle encouraged discourse among the members on a broad range of topics including the crusades, artists, American achievement, and literature. Beginning in 1953 the circle helped to fund a scholarship named for an early member, Kate Wickham, an elementary school teacher in Iowa City from 1902 to 1937. In 1997 the group celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.

The Athens History Circle records date from 1902 to 2004 and measure 10 linear inches. The records consist primarily of minutes, scrapbooks and yearbooks that span almost the entire existence of the circle. Also of interest are three histories of the Circle, written on the occasion of the group's 40th, 50th and 100th anniversaries.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: Athens History Circle Information

  • Series 1: Athens History Circle Information
  • Box 1:
  • Banned books, 1977-1989
  • Book donations, 1980-2004
  • Correspondence, 1923-1927
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 31
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 32
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 33
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 34
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 35
  • "Great Men and Famous Women," undated - Part 36
  • Guest Day welcome speeches, 1959, 1970-1978
  • Histories, 1937, 1947, 1997
  • Kate Wickham Scholarship Fund, 1988-2003
  • Minutes - 1904-1917
  • Minutes - 1918-1926
  • Minutes - 1928-1944
  • Minutes - 1946-1952
  • Box 2:
  • Minutes - 1977-1996
  • Members, 1990-2004
  • Membership attendance, 1995-2003
  • Scrapbook - 1902-1992
  • Scrapbook - 1959-1990
    [disbound]
  • Yearbooks - 1903-1909
  • Yearbooks - 1910-1919
  • Yearbooks - 1920-1929
  • Yearbooks - 1930-1939
  • Yearbooks - 1940-1949
  • Yearbooks - 1950-1959
  • Yearbooks - 1960-1969
  • Yearbooks - 1970-1975
  • Yearbooks - 1980-1989
  • Yearbooks - 1991-1999
  • Yearbooks - 2000-2009
  • Yearbooks - 2010-2011