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Guide to the National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1944-2000
Creator: National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch
Extent: 1.00 linear foot.
Collection Number: IWA0657
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Local chapter formed in 1932.

Access: The records are are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 811) were donated by Jean T. Kennedy in 2002.

Preferred Citation: National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch 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 National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch, was organized in 1932 by Beulah Vick Bickley. Bickley had been a member of the National League of American Pen Women in St.Louis, Missouri before her move to Waterloo, and she created the group for women from across Iowa. Members from Decorah, Mechanicsville, Marion, and Lenox, Iowa, faithfully attended meetings. Members of the group attended conferences, created a scholarship fund for area students, and invited speakers to attend their meetings. In addition, club participants published a variety of literature, including poetry, gardening books, children's stories, and newspaper articles.

Although the National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch originated in 1932, their records in the Iowa Women's Archives date from 1944-2000.  The records measure one linear foot and are divided into four series: Administrative, Secretary Books, Member Files, and Scrapbooks.

The administrative records include annual yearbooks which list club members and outline the locations and speakers for the group's meetings.
The member files contain information about individual members, including biographical articles, news clippings, and Jane Primus' undated book of poetry, Through the Window.

The club's scrapbooks and secretary's books, which contain news clippings, photographs, and programs of club activities, complete the collection. Where noted, some items have been disbound for preservation and placed into folders in their original order.
National League of American Pen Women, Quad Cities Branch records (IWA).
National League of American Pen Women, Iowa City Branch records (IWA).
Dorothy Grant papers (IWA).

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES
Series 2: MEMBER FILES
Series 3: SECRETARY'S BOOKS
Series 4: SCRAPBOOKS

  • Series 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES
  • Box 1:
  • Club history - 1979
  • Constitution and by-laws - 1976, 1985
  • Second vice-president duty list, undated
  • Installation ceremony procedure, undated
  • National roster - 1972-1974
  • National roster - 1994-1996
  • National brochures, undated
  • National application forms, undated
  • State conference programs - 1978-1991
  • 60th anniversary correspondence and award - 1992-1994
  • Literary Hall of Fame award - 1978
  • Yearbooks - 1970-1997
  • Series 2: MEMBER FILES
  • Box 1:
  • Adamson, Helen Skinner - 1994-1998
  • Barthel, Mildred, undated
  • Betts, Janelle, undated
  • Bickley, Beulah - 1944-1958
  • Brady, Lillian, undated
  • Cook, Marie - 1999-2000
  • Dovey, Irma - 1998
  • Eckstein, Catherine, undated
  • Garland, Margaret Wolfe, undated
  • Gay, Naomi, undated
  • Gee, Marion Louise, undated
  • Grant, Dorothy - 1999
  • Heinrich, Margaret, undated
  • Kampfe, Doris - 1998-2000
  • Kilbourne, Margo - 1981
  • Lengemo, Amanda - 1998
  • Lyon, Jean, undated
  • McDonald, Julie Jenson, undated
  • Miller, Geraldine, undated
  • Moeller, Helen, undated
  • McKinney, Ramona, undated
  • Pellet, Marie, undated
  • Primus, Jane, Through the Window, undated
  • Singer, Phyllis, undated
  • Stafford, Betty, undated
  • Standish, Bertie, undated
  • Box 2:
  • Stewart, Shirley, undated
  • Struthers, Ann - 1992-1995
  • Wood, Mildred - 1996-1997
  • Series 3: SECRETARY'S BOOKS
  • Box 2:
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1969
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1970-1980
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1978-1980
  • Chronological [disbound] (2 folders) - 1980-1986
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1988-1989
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1991-1993
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1994
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1995
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1996
  • Box 3:
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1997-1998
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1999
  • Series 4: SCRAPBOOKS
  • Box 3:
  • Chronological - 1976-1980
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1992-1993
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1993
  • Box 4:
  • Chronological [disbound] - 1981-1991