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New World Collective Records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0664
The New World Collective scrapbook dates from 1980 and measures 0.25 linear inches. The collection consists of a scrapbook marking the end of the New World Collective in 1980. The scrapbook contains photographs of the original members and their personal thoughts and plans for the future. The scrapbook also contains a chronological listing of events pertaining to the New World Collective.


  • 1980


Conditions Governing Access

The scrapbook is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.


0.25 linear inches


A Des Moines collective which existed between 1972 and 1980. Members lived communally and participated in a variety of progressive actions.

Arrangement One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Biographical / Historical

The New World Collective began in June 1971 when three friends (Karen, Bob and Grant) began living together in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and pursued an effort to study progressive and revolutionary writings. Following a weekend course at the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago in November 1971, the three decided to begin living more intentionally and in February 1972 they formed what they called the New World Collective. The three friends relocated to Des Moines in the fall of 1972. In 1974, the three purchased a permanent home. Throughout the life of the New World Collective, the three original members remained while others came and went. In the fall of 1980, Karen, Bob and Grant discovered that their lives were taking them into new directions and they decided to end their experiment in collective living.

Method of Acquisition

The scrapbook (donor no. 35 ) was donated by Louise Noun in 2002.

Related Materials

Louise Noun papers (IWA): More Strong-Minded Women Karen Johnson papers (IWA) and Irene Talbott papers (IWA): Karen Johnson and Irene Talbott were members of the collective.
Lisa Mott, 2002.
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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