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National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch records

Identifier: IWA0657

Scope and Contents

Although the National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch originated in 1932, their records in the Iowa Women's Archives date from 1944-2000.  The records measure one linear foot and are divided into four series: Administrative, Secretary Books, Member Files, and Scrapbooks.

The administrative records include annual yearbooks which list club members and outline the locations and speakers for the group's meetings. The member files contain information about individual members, including biographical articles, news clippings, and Jane Primus' undated book of poetry, Through the Window.

The club's scrapbooks and secretary's books, which contain news clippings, photographs, and programs of club activities, complete the collection. Where noted, some items have been disbound for preservation and placed into folders in their original order.


  • 1944-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The records are are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

The National League of American Pen Women, Waterloo-Cedar Rapids Branch, was organized in 1932 by Beulah Vick Bickley. Bickley had been a member of the National League of American Pen Women in St.Louis, Missouri before her move to Waterloo, and she created the group for women from across Iowa. Members from Decorah, Mechanicsville, Marion, and Lenox, Iowa, faithfully attended meetings. Members of the group attended conferences, created a scholarship fund for area students, and invited speakers to attend their meetings. In addition, club participants published a variety of literature, including poetry, gardening books, children's stories, and newspaper articles.


1.00 linear foot


Local chapter formed in 1932.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 811) were donated by Jean T. Kennedy in 2002.

Related Materials

National League of American Pen Women, Quad Cities Branch records (IWA). National League of American Pen Women, Iowa City Branch records (IWA). Dorothy Grant papers (IWA).

Other Descriptive Information
Heather Stecklein, 2002.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)