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Best Ever Club (Percival, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0179

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Scope and Contents

The Best Ever Club records date from 1929 to 1994 and measure 9 linear inches. The records consist of scrapbooks, notebooks, yearbooks, and an Iowa Community Achievement Contest entry. They document the activities of this social club and the lives and activities of the members in this small, rural Iowa community of approximately 100 families in the mid-1950s.

The Scrapbooks (1954-1994) contain newspaper clippings, annual club program books, photographs, meeting notes, and other memorabilia, including newspaper clippings of legislative reports from Best Ever Club member, Lillian M. McElroy, a state representative. Also included are the handwritten articles regarding the formation and plan for the club.

The Notebooks (1948-1993) contain minutes of each meeting, roll call lists of members, and lists of dues paid.

The Annual programs (1929-1949) are the handmade programs of the club during those years, often in pink and green, with construction paper covers and mimeographed or carbon copy pages. (Lacking programs for 1936/37 and 1939/40).

The Iowa Community Achievement Contest Entry (1956-1958) contains the forms from the Best Ever Club's entry into this competition. The club had planted a tree in the church yard to honor their "boys" in the armed forces, donated $25 toward construction of rest rooms in a community building, entered a float at the Thurman, Iowa, centennial, and encouraged home decorations during the Christmas season. Included are black-and-white photographs of the tree, the float, and "home beautification."


  • Creation: 1929-1994


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Biographical / Historical

The Best Ever Club of Percival, Iowa, was a women's study club founded on November 24, 1922. The club generally held monthly meetings for study, conversation, and refreshments. Members frequently participated in other community activities and donated money to local groups and causes such as the P.T.A. Student Loan Fund, Fremont County Historical Society, and Odyssey of the Mind teams.


9.00 linear inches

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A women's study club in Percival, Iowa that was founded in 1922.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 259) were donated by Gertrude Ettleman in 1995.

Leslie Czechowski, 1995.
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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)