The Linda Yanney papers date from 1960 to 2000 and measure 3.5 linear feet. The records are arranged in the following series: Academic files; Feminist activism; Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual (GLBT); and Politics.
The Academic files series (1948-1991) includes program files, scholarly articles, and newsletters from several programs at the University of Iowa, including the Action Studies Program, the Afro-American Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Program, from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s. The records of the UI Daycare Commission, which include minutes, newspaper clippings, and correspondence, complete this series.
The Feminist activism series (1974-1992) consists of organizational and academic materials. It includes the agendas, minutes, correspondence, and newspaper clippings of organizations including the Women's Resource and Action Council and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program. The series includes a 1989 interview conducted by Linda Yanney with Leona Durham, who served as an editor of the Daily Iowan in the early 1970s; Durham recounts being fired as editor because she was a feminist activist. Durham also describes a demonstration held on the Pentacrest in the early 1970s to convince Student Health to supply birth control. The interview also includes topics ranging from daycare at the University to the feminist movement in Iowa City. Yanney's scholarly analyses of the Iowa City feminist movement, including her PhD Dissertation, complete this series.
The GLBT series (1972-2000) includes newsletters, newspaper clippings, and flyers from statewide and national gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organizations. The "Des Moines and Jonathan Wilson" folder includes information about a prominent Des Moines school board member who publicly acknowledged his homosexual identity in 1995. Several small GLBT publications, most of which were published in Iowa City, complete the series.
The Politics series (1980-1992) consists of newsletters, flyers, and newspaper clippings that pertain to progressive politics in the 1980s and early 1990s.