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Rural Women's Project (University of Iowa. Libraries. Iowa Women's Archives)



"Voices from the Land: An Oral History Project in Iowa" consists of oral histories conducted in 2000 and 2001 by Doris Malkmus, Project Archivist, as part of the Rural Women's Project of the Iowa Women's Archives. The oral history component of the Rural Women's Project was funded by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the Historical Resource Development Program of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Additional interviews, including several on sustainable agriculture--were conducted by Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Head of the Special Collections Department at Parks Library, Iowa State University with funding from a Vision 20/20 grant from the Kellogg Foundation.


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation worked closely with the Iowa Women´s Archives Rural Women´s Project Archivist in 1998 and 1999 to encourage farm women to preserve records that document their life experiences. In response, many farm women wrote short autobiographical sketches.These have been gathered in one collection.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Autobiographical Sketches of Rural Iowa Women

Identifier: IWA0407

Reminiscences of Iowa Farm Bureau women donated to the Rural Women's Project.


Four folders, shelved in SCVF.

Dates: 1998-1999

Emmet County Farm Bureau Rural Women's Chorus records

Identifier: IWA1002

The chorus performed at various events and had a state competition. Nearly every Farm Bureau had a women’s chorus in the 1940s and 1950s. They were dissolved in the mid-1980s.

Dates: 1926-1986

Voices from the Land: An Oral History Project in Iowa

Identifier: IWA0825

Oral histories with Iowa farm women conducted as part of the Rural Women's Project of the Iowa Women's Archives.

Dates: 2000-2001

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2001-2010 2
Farm life 2
Farmers 2
Iowa 2
Rural women 2