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Histories of Rural Iowa Women's Clubs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0714

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of short histories of women's clubs in rural Iowa, written by club members or published in local newspapers.

Clubs include: Allamakee County Bob's Creek Neighbors, Allamakee County Grand Meadow Women's Club, Allamakee County Post-Franklin Township Club, and Winneshiek County Minowa Rug Guild.


  • Creation: 1996-1998

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.

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Biographical / Historical

A fabric of women's clubs wove together rural women's society. From the rural township clubs initiated by the Farm Bureau in the early 1920s to the more cultural "study clubs," to the Federated Women's Clubs, garden clubs, and church-related clubs, rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs. In most cases, clubs developed when individual women organized their friends or neighbors to create opportunities to socialize, educate themselves, and support each other in joys and grief. Frequently officers were elected, minutes recorded, and club anniversaries celebrated. Although membership was high during the first half of the twentieth century, it has declined in recent decades as younger women find other social outlets or have less unscheduled time.


1.00 linear inch

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Rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs.  This collection has short histories of a variety of clubs formed in Iowa in the first part of the 20th century.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 579) were donated by various donors, beginning in 1998.

Doris Malkmus, 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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