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Guide to the Histories of Rural Iowa Women's Clubs

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1996-1998
Creator: Histories of Rural Iowa Women's Clubs
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0714
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs.  This collection has short histories of a variety of clubs formed in Iowa in the first part of the 20th century.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 579) were donated by various donors, beginning in 1998.

Preferred Citation: Histories of Rural Iowa Women's Clubs, 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

A fabric of women's clubs wove together rural women's society. From the rural township clubs initiated by the Farm Bureau in the early 1920s to the more cultural "study clubs," to the Federated Women's Clubs, garden clubs, and church-related clubs, rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs. In most cases, clubs developed when individual women organized their friends or neighbors to create opportunities to socialize, educate themselves, and support each other in joys and grief. Frequently officers were elected, minutes recorded, and club anniversaries celebrated. Although membership was high during the first half of the twentieth century, it has declined in recent decades as younger women find other social outlets or have less unscheduled time.

This collection consists of short histories of women's clubs in rural Iowa, written by club members or published in local newspapers.

Browse by Series:

  • Series 1: CLUB HISTORIES
  • Allamakee County: Bob's Creek neighbors
  • Allamakee County: Grand meadow Women's Club
  • Allamakee County: Post-Franklin Township Club
  • Winneshiek County: Minowa Rug Guild