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Joan Vander Naald Egenes papers

Identifier: IWA0332

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Scope and Contents

The Joan Vander Naald Egenes papers date from 1966 to 1997 and measure 2.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in eight series: Iowa Parent Teacher Association; Boone, Iowa, Activities; Republican Party Activities; Chamber Alliance; Metro Women's Network; Educational Activities; Des Moines Opera Guild; and Global Education Services.

The Iowa Parent Teacher Association series (1966-1976) contains directories, president's reports, board minutes, bylaws, budgets, newsletters, and fundraising reports from the Boone Council of Parent Teacher Associations. The council consisted of Bryant, Franklin, Lincoln, Lowell, Page, and Trinity Lutheran Parent Teacher Associations. This series also contains newspaper clippings, programs from various Parent Teacher Association events, and pamphlets (Attention Men! Make the PTA Your Business, Good Jobs Available) produced by the national Parent Teacher Association.

The Boone, Iowa, Activities series (1979, 1986) contains information about an American Cancer Society Benefit held in 1979 that Egenes organized. The 1986 dedication of the Boone Water Pollution Control Project is also featured. This series is rather sparse.

The Republican Party Activities series (1984-1997) includes correspondence, programs, menus, and photographs documenting Egenes' participation in the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle and the Presidential Roundtable. As a generous and faithful contributor to the Republican Party, Egenes attended the Ronald Reagan Republican Center Dedication in 1989, as well as the 1990 President's Dinner. Included are menus and programs from both events. The photograph album in box 3 contains photographs of Egenes' Republican Party activities at the national, state, and local level.

The Chamber Alliance series (1992-1995) contains board meeting minutes, membership directories, bylaws, budget reports, plans for educational programs, fundraising reports, and The Professional Connection newsletter. The most extensively documented part of this series is the "Champagne and Croquet" fundraiser that Egenes organized for the Iowa Science Center

The Metro Women's Network series (1992-1993) contains the 1992 membership list, the 1993 directory, November and December newsletters for 1992 and a pamphlet entitled Women and Investing.

The Educational Activities series (1987-1995) contains documents relating to Egenes' tenure on the Des Moines Area Community College Nursing Advisory Committee. Also included in this series is a 1995 council report, roster, and membership lists, and a mission statement from the Community Education Advisory Council.

The Des Moines Metro Opera Guild series (1993-1997) contains educational materials, board meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaws, treasurer's reports, newsletters, membership directories, and fundraising reports. The 1996 debate over the cutting of National Endowment for the Arts funding is also addressed in a report on NEA funding and a letter to Egenes on the topic from Senator Charles Grassley.

The Global Education Services series (1995) consists of Egenes' extended resume which gives a detailed account of her participation in a large number of organizations and activities. Also included is a videocassette featuring the time her company, Global Education Services, was featured on Success Stories, The Television Show for Business.


  • Creation: 1966-1997


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Joan Egenes, clubwoman, community leader, fundraiser, Republican Party activist, businesswoman, photographer, and substitute teacher, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1936. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1958 and began teaching at Ft. Dodge High School and Ft. Dodge Junior College.

Egenes joined and led a wide variety of organizations in central Iowa. In 1965, she became the cofounder of the Iowa City Parents Preschool. In the early 1970s, Egenes was the president of the Webster City Jaycee Jaynes, the Ft. Dodge District Dental Auxiliary, the Boone Women's Club, and the Boone Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

Egenes was active in the Republican Party throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She began her active campaigning for the Republicans in 1980 by serving as the Boone County co-chairman to elect George Bush for President. In 1987, after serving on various committees to elect Republican candidates, Egenes became Club Development Chairman of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women. By 1990, she had attained the presidency of the Iowa Fourth District Republican Women. In 1994, Egenes became president of the Polk County Republican Women. J

oan Egenes was also a business owner. She oversaw her business, Global Education Services, from 1992 to 1997. The Des Moines-based business consortium organized cruises and tours, ran seminars, and represented artist Shixi Zhou, a Chinese watercolorist from Shanghai. Her business interests led Egenes to take an active role in the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. She became the chair of fundraising for the Chamber Alliance in 1995, and successfully raised money for the Iowa Science Center. In 1996, Egenes turned her organizing prowess to the Des Moines Metro Opera Guild. She became president of the guild in 1996. This organization allowed her to profitably combine her interests in education and fundraising.


2.50 Linear Feet

Photographs in Box 3; 6 videocassettes [V204-V209] boxes

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Des Moines-born clubwoman, community leader, businesswoman, and Republican Party activist.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 455) were donated by Joan Vander Naald Egenes in 1997.

John Williams-Searle, 1999
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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