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Athens History Circle (Iowa City, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0293

Scope and Contents

The Athens History Circle records date from 1902 to 2004 and measure 10 linear inches. The records consist primarily of minutes, scrapbooks and yearbooks that span almost the entire existence of the circle. Also of interest are three histories of the Circle, written on the occasion of the group's 40th, 50th and 100th anniversaries.


  • 1902-2004


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

The Athens History Circle was organized in Iowa City in 1897. The group originally formed to study "great men and famous women." This was the title of a subscription series of books bought by the original members and was the foundation of their study for eleven years. The meetings had been informal, but in 1904 the group adopted its first constitution and elected officers. The circle encouraged discourse among the members on a broad range of topics including the crusades, artists, American achievement, and literature. Beginning in 1953 the circle helped to fund a scholarship named for an early member, Kate Wickham, an elementary school teacher in Iowa City from 1902 to 1937. In 1997 the group celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.


10.00 linear inches


Iowa City study club organized in 1897.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 400) were donated by the Athens History Circle in 1997 and 2006.

Other Descriptive Information

Has Content
Randel W. Lackore, 1997; Jun-Nicole Matsushita, 2006. [AthensHistoryCircle.doc]
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)