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Guide to the International Women's Club Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1959-2000
Creator: International Women's Club (Iowa City, Iowa)
Extent: 1.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0798
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Iowa City group promoting friendship and understanding among women from around the world and the United States of America.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in boxes 3,4.

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. 1221) were donated by the International Women's Club in 2010 and subsequent years.

Preferred Citation: International Women's 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
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Established in 1959, the International Wives Club's stated purpose was to "carry on an informal social program of activities of interest to housewives and mothers the world around." It was affiliated with the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars, and remains affiliated with the University of Iowa International Programs, but it is run entirely by volunteer members. In 1978, members voted to change the organization's name to the International Women's Club.

The International Women's Club describes itself today as "...a group of women from the U.S.A. and around the world who share activities that promote friendship and understanding." Membership is open to all women, and by extension their families, who are often included in group activities.
There are several different interest groups, and members may attend whichever they choose: an excursion group that visits events and sites in the Iowa City area, a cooking demonstration group, supper and lunch clubs, a morning coffee group, a craft group, and a ten-week English class offered in both fall and spring semesters. Past activities have also included progressive dinners, potlucks, and fashion shows.

The International Women's Club records date from 1959-2000 and are organized into a single series, Chronological Files, which is then separated into Club records, Survey, and Photographs; within these subdivisions, materials are organized chronologically by academic year.
The Club Records include the original charter, monthly newsletters, calendars of events, lists of members, newspaper articles, minutes, and applications, as well as a few photographs.
Also documented is the group's 1995 member survey, including a copy of the participant solicitation, survey instrument, and a summary of the survey results. Photographs include images taken at group social events and outings.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: CHRONOLOGICAL FILES

  • Series 1: CHRONOLOGICAL FILES
  • Box 1:
  • Club Records - 1959-1962
  • Club Records - 1962-1964
  • Club Records - 1964-1967
  • Club Records - 1967-1968
  • Club Records - 1968-1969
  • Club Records - 1969-1971
  • Club Records - 1972-1973
  • Club Records - 1973-1975
  • Club Records - 1975-1977
  • Club Records - 1977-1978
  • Club Records - 1978-1979
  • Club Records - 1979-1980
  • Club Records - 1980-1981
  • Club Records - 1981-1982
  • Club Records - 1982-1983
  • Club Records - 1983-1984
  • Box 2:
  • Club Records - 1984-1985
  • Club Records - 1985-1986
  • Club Records - 1985-1987
  • Club Records - 1987-1988
  • Club Records - 1988-1989
  • Club Records - 1989-1990
  • Club Records - 1990-1991
  • Club Records - 1991-1992
  • Club Records - 1992-1993
  • Club Records - 1993-1994
  • Club Records (2 folders) - 1994-1995
  • Club Records - 1995-1996
  • Box 3:
  • Club Records - 1996-1997
  • Club Records - 1997-1998
  • Club Records (2 folders) - 1998-1999
  • Club Records - 1999-2000
  • Member Survey - 1995
  • Photographs - 1959-1961
  • Photographs - 1962-1964
  • Photographs - 1965-1968
  • Photographs - 1969-1971
  • Photographs - 1971-1972
  • Photographs - 1972-1973
  • Photographs - 1973-1975
  • Photographs - 1983-1984
  • Photographs - 1985-1986
  • Box 4:
  • Photographs - 1987-1988
  • Photographs - 1988-1989
  • Photographs - 1989-1990
  • Photographs - 1990-1991
  • Photographs - 1991-1992
  • Photographs - 1992-1993
  • Photographs - 1993-1994
  • Photographs - 1994-1995
  • Photographs - 1995-1996