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Guide to the Hartupee Social Club records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1930-1995
Creator: Hartupee Social Club (West Liberty, Iowa)
Extent: 8.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0621
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Social club organized in 1930 by rural women living near West Liberty, Iowa.

Access: The records are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 737) were donated by Betty Elder in 2000.

Preferred Citation: Hartupee Social Club 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 Hartupee Social Club was founded October 2, 1930 in West Liberty, Iowa. The name Hartupee originated from a country schoolhouse built on the corner of Will Hartupee's farm in the rural neighborhoods of Hartupee and Prairie Grove, where the club women lived. The club was organized so neighborhood women and their children could come together and socialize. In early meetings the women brought husbands and held card parties in members' homes. When the club became too big parties were held at the West Liberty legion hall.

Club meetings were a major social event for the women where they could work together to help the community and accomplish goals, socialize, and share common interests. Beginning in the 1950s the club toured nearby towns and cities and occasionally met with other clubs. Over the years the club sent Christmas gifts to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Cedar County Home. The club became smaller in later years due to the declining farm population and the increase in women working outside the home. As of 1990, 137 women answered the club's roll call at one time or another.

The Hartupee Social Club records measure eight linear inches and date from 1930-1995.  They consist of minutes of meetings (1930-1995).  Membership lists, a history of the club, and correspondence complete this collection.  The history of the Hartupee Social Club describes the major events that formed and changed the club through the years.

Browse by Series:

  • Box 1:
  • History and membership lists - 1930-1990
  • Correspondence - 1930-1995
  • Minutes - 1930-1935
  • Minutes - 1936-1937
  • Minutes - 1940-1943
  • Minutes - 1945-1947
  • Minutes - 1947-1949
  • Minutes - 1950-1951
  • Minutes - 1952-1954
  • Minutes - 1954-1957
  • Minutes - 1957-1959
  • Minutes - 1960-1965
  • Minutes - 1965-1968
  • Minutes - 1968-1970
  • Box 2:
  • Minutes - 1970-1972
  • Minutes - 1972-1975
  • Minutes - 1975-1980
  • Minutes - 1980-1985
  • Minutes - 1986-1995