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Guide to the Bonnie J. Campbell papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1992-1999
Creator: Campbell, Bonnie J. (1948 - )
Extent: 5.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0368
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Chair of Iowa's Democratic Party from 1987 to 1991 and first woman to serve as Iowa's Attorney General from 1990 until 1994.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 525) were donated by Bonnie J. Campbell in 1998.

Preferred Citation: Bonnie J. Campbell 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

Bonnie J. Pierce Campbell, an attorney and Democratic Party activist, was born in 1948 in South Plymouth, New York. She was raised on a farm in the Appalachian region of upstate New York, graduating from Norwich High School in 1965. She then began working in Washington, D.C., as part of a federal anti-poverty program for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and United States Senator Edmund Muskie (D-ME). Campbell became a staff member for Senator Harold Hughes (D-IA) in 1969. She moved to Iowa to oversee the offices of Senator John Culver (D-IA) from 1974 through 1980.

In 1982 Campbell earned a B.S., summa cum laude, from Drake University, and in 1985 she earned a J.D. from Drake University Law School. From 1985 until 1991 Campbell practiced law in Des Moines. She served as chair of Iowa's Democratic Party from 1987 until 1991. Campbell was the first woman to serve as Iowa's Attorney General, an elected office she held from 1990 until 1994. Campbell ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Iowa in 1994. Campbell has long been an advocate of legal reform in cases of domestic violence and abuse. On March 21, 1995, President William J. Clinton appointed her Director of the Violence Against Women Office of the United States Department of Justice. Campbell is married to Edward Campbell.

The Bonnie J. Campbell papers date from 1992 to 1999 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in four series: Biography, Newspaper clippings, Speeches, and Testimony. The bulk of the material are speeches Campbell gave from 1995 through 1997.

The newspaper clippings include information on Iowa politics and violence against women.

The speeches are predominantly those that Campbell has given since her appointment as Director of the Violence Against Women Office. In order to educate government, business, and private organizations about the reforms instituted by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the resources available due to the VAWA, and the collaboration necessary to implement the VAWA, Campbell has addressed audiences ranging from the Department of Defense, to Native American communities, professional medical organizations, law enforcement organizations, and international coalitions, among others. The speeches are arranged chronologically.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: BIOGRAPHY - 1994-1996
Series 2: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
Series 3: SPEECHES
Series 4: TESTIMONY

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHY - 1994-1996
  • Box 1:
  • General - 1994-1996
  • Oral history transcript - 2012
  • Series 2: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
  • Box 1:
  • Iowa politics - 1993-1994
  • Violence Against Women - 1993-1999
  • Series 3: SPEECHES
  • Box 1:
  • Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigils in Iowa - 1992-1993
  • Talking Points. US. vs. Christopher Bailey, Federal Judicial Center Seminar, July 13-14, 1995 - 1992-1993
  • Remarks. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Aug. 5, - 1995
  • Remarks. National Association of Women Judges, Oct. 9, - 1995
  • Commencement Address. Ethel Walker School, Simsbury CT, June 9, - 1995
  • Talking Points. Forum on Prevention and Parity: Girls in Juvenile Justice, June 12, - 1996
  • Remarks. The Native American Cultural Center, Albuquerque NM, Sept. 12, - 1996
  • Remarks. COSSMHO Conference, Santa Fe, NM, Sept. 12, - 1996
  • Talking Points. Violence Against Women Federal Provisions Maryland State Attorneys Training, Sept. 20, - 1996
  • Talking Points. Violence Against Women Federal Provisions New York Meeting with Local Criminal Justice Officials, Oct. 2, - 1996
  • Remarks. Young Womens Leadership Conference, New Haven CT,Oct. 4, - 1996
  • Talking Points. National College of District Attorneys, Oct. 16, - 1996
  • Remarks. Interdisciplinary Conference Luncheon, Macon GA,Oct. 22, - 1996
  • Keynote Speech. The Domestic Violence Training and Resource Institute, Concord MA, Oct. 28-29, - 1996
  • Welcoming Address. The National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, - 1996
  • Remarks. Florida Medical Association, Jan. 31, - 1997
  • Remarks. Department of Defense Domestic Violence Policy Conference, Feb. 7, - 1997
  • Collaborating to STOP Violence Against Women, Feb. 12, - 1997
  • Keynote. Domestic Violence Program, Buffalo NY, Feb. 13, - 1997
  • Remarks. Indianapolis Medical Society Luncheon, Feb. 27, - 1997
  • Remarks. Drake University Law School, March 7, - 1997
  • Police Leadership for the 21st Century: Women Implementing Change, March 11, - 1997
  • Women Making History: Bridging the Gap, March 15, - 1997
  • Remarks. U.S.-Russia Seminar on Combatting the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children, April 7, - 1997
  • Remarks. Transcending Politics of Illusion, Vision, Values and Community, National Council of Churches of Christ, April 7, - 1997
  • Remarks. American College of Emergency Physicians, April 9, - 1997
  • Wisconsin Attorney Generals Task Force on Children in Need Conference on Child Abuse, April 15, - 1997
  • Remarks. San Diego District Attorneys Annual Crime Victims Luncheon, April 18, - 1997
  • Stop the Tears: Protecting Children from Domestic Violence, April 23, - 1997
  • Victims of Violence: Hearing and Healing, April 24, - 1997
  • Breaking the Cycle for Children Who Witness, April 28, - 1997
  • A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence: A Federal Perspective, Utah Domestic Violence Conference, June 12, - 1997
  • Talking Points. Domestic Violence Policy and Intervention. National Victim Assistance Academy American University Washington College of Law, July 16 - 1997
  • Remarks. Department of Navy Medical Leaders Conference: Spouses Program, Aug. 28, - 1997
  • Every 15 Seconds a Woman is Battered: Stop the Clock, Oct. 9, - 1997
  • Keynote. Silent Witness National Initiative Bring Peace Home Conference, Oct. 19, - 1997
  • Draft Comments. Full Faith and Credit Conference, Albuquerque NM, Oct. 28, - 1997
  • Talking Points. Governors Task Force on Domestic Violence. San Juan.Puerto Rico, Nov. 24, - 1997
  • Undated Speeches (2), Letter from Marcia Horn, Southern NJ Region of Hadassah, March 19, - 1998
  • Series 4: TESTIMONY
  • Box 1:
  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence - 1995