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Midwest Federation of Chaparral Poets (Iowa Chapter) records

Identifier: IWA0562

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Scope and Contents

The Midwest Federation of Chaparral Poets, Iowa Chapter, records date from 1977 to 2001 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The administrative records were removed from a three-ring binder and plastic covers, and remain in their original order. The administrative records begin with a list of judges and speakers for the Iowa chapter's bi-annual meetings from 1984 to 2001. The remainder of the administrative records consists of meeting minutes, financial data, mailers to announce meetings (which contain tidbits on poetry and miscellaneous topics), and contest winners for the Chaparral Poets biannual meeting in chronological order.

The Midwest Chaparral folder consists of three editions of the poetry magazine published by the Chaparral Poets as well as administrative records relating to the magazine. The biographical information includes the obituaries of Margaret Garland, Edna Orr, and Cecilia Doyle and information on the accomplishments of Sister Luz Maria Orozco. The miscellaneous correspondence contains letters asking for information about the history of Chaparral Poets, providing information about the Chaparral Poets and the history of the Chaparral Poets.


  • Creation: 1977-2001


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The records are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Midwest Federation of Chaparral Poets (Chaparral Poets) was formed in 1942 under the leadership of Margarette Ball Dickinson of Minnesota, and consisted of three autonomous co-equal chapters: Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska; Kansas was added later. The Iowa Chapter of Chaparral Poets met twice yearly (fall and spring); they studied poetry, conducted a poetry contest and wrote poetry for submission to Midwest Chaparral magazine. The biannual meeting locations changed but the Iowa Chapter often met in Cedar Rapids. In the mid 1980s the Iowa Chapter merged with the Iowa Poetry Day Association. The Iowa Chapter of the Midwest Federation of Chaparral Poets disbanded in the fall of 2001 due to a dwindling membership and a lack of volunteers for leadership roles.


2.50 linear inches

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The Iowa Chapter of Chaparral Poets met twice yearly (fall and spring); they studied poetry, conducted a poetry contest and wrote poetry for submission to Midwest Chaparral magazine. The organization was formed in 1942 and disbanded in 2001.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no.1025) were donated by M. L. Folkedahl-Meehleder in 2006.

Fiona McDougall, 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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