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Guide to the Naomi Schedl papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1966-2004
Creator: Schedl, Naomi (1920-)
Extent: 15.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0548
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Artist and professor in the Department of Home Economics at the University of Iowa.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 1
Slides in boxes 1 and 3

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. 962) were donated by Naomi Schedl in 2005.

Preferred Citation: Naomi Schedl 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

Naomi Kark Schedl, artist and professor, was born in South Africa in 1920 to Rebecca Rosenstein and Solomon Ezekiel Kark. Rosenstein, a feminist, was known as an accomplished pianist and Solomon Kark was a well-known doctor in Capetown. He received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and became an internist in 1928.

After graduating from high school, Kark attended university in South Africa, intending to pursue a degree in history. In June 1941, Kark moved to the United States to continue her education. She received a BFA in 1943, and a MFA in painting in 1944, both from Yale University's School of Fine Arts. Kark was employed for a short time at Salem College, a women's college in North Carolina, before she married Harold (Hal) Schedl in 1945. The couple had three children, Paul, Andrew and Timothy. The family moved to Iowa City in 1951 in order for Hal Schedl to attend medical school at the University of Iowa. They later relocated to Washington, D.C., where Schedl took lessons in weaving, batik, silk screening, and other fiber arts.

In 1960, Hal Schedl accepted a faculty position at the University of Iowa, and the family returned to Iowa City. Schedl briefly taught at the Johnson County Recreation Center. In 1966, she accepted a part-time position in the University of Iowa Department of Home Economics. She eventually became a full-time faculty member, and taught in the department until its closure in 1991. The Fiber Art courses and the MA with Emphasis in Fiber Art were cross-listed with the School of Art and Art History. After her retirement, Schedl was active in the Iowa City and Johnson County Arts Council (later Arts Iowa City).

From the 1960s through the 2000s, Schedl exhibited her work and participated in conferences and workshops. Her artwork was influenced by her upbringing in racially divided South Africa, and her experiences with discrimination at Yale. Schedl's pieces reflect her interests in feminism, politics, and the environment.

The Naomi Schedl papers date from 1966 to 2004 and measures 15 linear inches. The papers are arranged in four series: Biographical information, Department of Home Economics, Artwork, and Slides.

The Department of Home Economics series includes course syllabi and slides relating to her lectures. They are located in the Course Materials and Related Techniques folders. The Artwork series relates to the exhibits and conferences Schedl was involved in. Several photographs of Schedl's exhibited artwork and handwritten speaking notes can be found in the Conferences and lectures folder. The Publications folder include articles written by Schedl and reviews of her artwork.
Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project collection (IWA)
University of Iowa Department of Home Economics records (IWA)
Oral Histories of the University of Iowa Home Economics Professors (IWA)

Browse by Series:

  • Box 1:
  • Biographical sketch, undated
  • Photographs loose, undated
  • Photograph album, first term of service - 1921-1923
  • Photograph album, second term of service - 1927-1932
  • Siouxland Women's Political Caucus (SWPC): ERA committees (folder 3) - 1977-1998