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Mary Ankeny Hunter memoir Edit




  • 1940 (Creation)


  • 1.00 item (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Secretary, vice-president, and then president of the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission in the 1920s and 1930s. Hunter was a peace activist, prohibitionist, and Red Cross worker during World War I.

  • Arrangement

    One folder, shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The item is item is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The item (donor no. 35) was donated by Louise Noun in 1999.

  • Preferred Citation

    Mary Ankeny Hunter memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Related Materials

    Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission Records (IWA)

  • Scope and Contents

    The Mary Ankeny Hunter autobiographical sketch dates from 1940 and is three pages in length. In it, Hunter describes her life and activities up to1940. The paper, entitled "The Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission," was originally written to be included in the memorial cabinet donated to the State of Iowa by the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission in 1937.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Mary Ankeny was born on January 1, 1870 to Sarah Irvine Ankeny and Rollin Valentine Ankeny. The youngest of five children, Ankeny's mother died when she was nine years old. In 1892, Ankeny married Fred Heaton Hunter, son of pioneer suffragists Eliza Heaton Hunter and Dr. Andrew Oliver Hunter. Upon her marriage, Hunter joined the Polk County Woman Suffrage Society, later the Political Equality Club, and remained a member until the organization disbanded in 1919. Hunter was also a member of the Des Moines Women's Club, the Des Moines Federation of Women's Clubs, the PEO, the Iowa League of Women Voters, the Votes for Women League and the Polk County League of Women Voters. Beginning in 1922, Hunter served as secretary of the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission for six years, followed by a year as vice president, and then six years as president. In addition to working for the enfranchisement of women for many years, Hunter was a prohibitionist, worked for the Red Cross during World War I, and was an activist for world peace.