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Dora E. Mackay papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0248

Scope and Contents

The Dora E. Mackay papers date from 1932 to the 2006 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The collection consists of photographs, primarily of Mackay, newspaper clippings, and an oral history interview conducted by Kären Mason in 2006. Other individuals featured include Dora Mackay's sister, Virginia Mackay Williams, and members of the Mary Church Terrell club.

Dates

  • 1932-2006

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

Dora E. Mackay, an African-American singer and beauty shop owner in Des Moines, was born on August 12, 1915 to Ernest and Izora Mackay. As a high-school student in 1931, Mackay became a founding member of the Mary Church Terrell Club, a social and civic club in Des Moines. She remained an active member. Mackay attended the Crescent School of Beauty and Culture in Des Moines and was a member of its first graduating class in 1940. Later that year, Mackay assumed ownership of Berline's Beauty Shop, one of a small number of black beauty shops in Des Moines. She retired in 1978. Although she built a career in cosmetology, Mackay pursued singing as a side interest. During the 1940s, she sang and played the piano for local radio stations. She performed as a singer at the club Johnny and Kay's for ten years during the 1970s.

Extent

0.25 linear inches

One audiocassette [AC1109]. other_unmapped

Abstract

African American singer and beauty shop owner in Des Moines, Iowa.

Arrangement

One folder, shelved in SCVF; one audiocassette [AC1109] shelved in audiocassette collection.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 346) were donated by Dora E. Mackay in 1996 and subsequent years.

Related Materials

Verda L. Williams papers (IWA): Verda Williams is Dora Mackay's niece.
Author
Kristen Rassbach, 1997; Kathryn M. Neal, 1998; and Jun-Nicole Matsushita, 2006.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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