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Patricia Hillard papers

Identifier: IWA0715
The Patricia Hillard papers date from 1963 to 2001 and measure 20.5 linear feet. Most of the papers document her work as the Western U.S. Division Director of La Leche League International. The complex structure of the organization is reflected in the many series of La Leche League International records that comprise the bulk of this collection. Two series, Biographical Information and Photographs, contain more personal material about Hillard. The remaining sixteen series of LLLI records are arranged alphabetically: Administrative, Area conferences, Area Coordinator of Leaders ( ACL), Areas, Conferences, Correspondence, Division Director, Financial Records, Human Relations Enrichment (HRE), Other Divisions, Professional Liaison Department ( PLD), Programs, Publications, Publicity, Regional Administrators (RA),and Resource and Development (R


  • 1963-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


20.50 linear feet


Papers document Hillard's work as Western U.S. Division Director of La Leche League International.

Arrangement Administrative, Boxes 1-10

Area Conferences, Boxes 10-11

Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL), Boxes 11-13

Areas, Boxes 13-18

Biographical information, Box 1

Conferences, Boxes 18-20

Correspondence, Boxes 20-25

Division Director, Boxes 25-27

Financial Records, Boxes 27-29

Human Relations Enrichment (HRE), Boxes 29-30

Other Divisions, Boxes 31-33

Photographs, Box 46

Professional Liaison Department (PLD), Boxes 33-34

Programs, Boxes 34-35

Publications, Box 35-42

Publicity, Box 42

Regional Administrators (RA), Boxes 42-44

Resource and Development (R&D), Boxes 44-46

Biographical / Historical

Patricia Pedersen Hillard was born in 1947 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 with a degree in home economics. On December 22, 1967, she married Richard Hillard. Together they had four children: Shannon, Elizabeth, Johanna, and Richard. In 1970, Hillard became involved with La Leche League International in Minnesota. When the family moved to Waverly, Iowa, in 1976, Hillard continued working with the organization. She rose to the position of Western U.S. Division Director, which she held from 1988 to 1992. Patricia Hillard died in 2000. La Leche League International (LLLI) was founded in 1956 by seven Catholic mothers in Chicago who wanted to reestablish the importance of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies. Their motto, "Better Mothering Through Breastfeeding," reflects their belief that breastfeeding is an essential, not optional, aspect of motherhood. LLLI's purpose is to provide mother-to-mother support for nursing mothers by offering them information and encouragement. LLI offers services to nursing mothers through monthly meetings, counseling sessions, and area conferences. The organization also hosts large international conferences every two years. LLLI consists of three divisions: Eastern U.S, Western U.S., and Around the World ( ATW). As of 2006, over 7,000 leaders worldwide are helping mothers breastfeed their babies. LLLI is considered by many to be the world's leading source of breastfeeding information.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 727) were donated by Patricia Hillard in 2000.

Related Materials

La Leche League International records (DePaul University, Chicago, IL).

Other Descriptive Information
Elizabeth Engel, 2006.
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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