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Sally Wiesenfeld papers

Identifier: IWA0478

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Scope and Contents

The Sally Wiesenfeld papers date from 1969 to 2001 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in three series: Activism, Photographs, and Artifacts. Most of the papers relate to peace activities in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area during the Vietnam war.

The Activism series (1969-2001) is largely comprised of the papers of the northeastern Iowa chapter of Another Mother for Peace, but also includes documents related to other peace organizations and peace activities in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. Presidential election items include literature on Peg Mullen's run for delegate to the 1972 national Democratic convention. Newspaper clippings on the peace movement range from the national to local level and include several articles on Another Mother for Peace's 1971 fight for a booth at the College Square Shopping Center in Waterloo, which it ultimately won. Peace literature includes articles, flyers, pamphlets, and bibliographies; it also includes documents related to the 1980s work of Citizens for Peace, which opposed the development of nuclear weapons, the participation of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo peace activists in booths at local fairs such as Sturgis Falls Festival and Waterloo Days, and responses received by Local Citizens Against the War to its ad in the The Waterloo Courier supporting the moratorium called by the anti-war movement in 1969.

The Photographs series (1971) contains a photo of Another Mother for Peace's booth at the Iowa Cattle Congress.

The Artifacts series (1972, 1995 and undated) includes an assortment of merchandise from Another Mother for Peace including bumper stickers, note cards, pins, and a 1995 peace calendar published by the War Resisters League.


  • Creation: 1969-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Biographical / Historical

Sally Wiesenfeld was born in Chicago to Morris and Minnie Burle on Dec. 22, 1923. She married Julius Wiesenfeld on Sept. 27, 1947. The couple lived in Chicago until 1963 when Julius joined the faculty at UNI; they then moved to Cedar Falls. A longtime activist in the peace movement, Sally joined Another Mother for Peace after hearing Peg Mullen, a La Porte City woman, speak out about her son's death in Vietnam. Wiesenfeld introduced herself to Mullen and volunteered to help her. Wiesenfeld provided support for Mullen in many ways, from helping with her housework to writing letters. Wiesenfeld also helped organize information tables in shopping malls and at the 1971 Waterloo Cattle Congress. Wiesenfeld's husband passed away in 1979, and she moved to Iowa City in 1988. Sally Wiesenfeld passed away in 2017.


5.00 linear inches

Photographs in Box 1 boxes

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Peace activist and member of Another Mother for Peace which was organized to protest the Vietnam War during the 1970s.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 772) were donated by Sally Wiesenfeld in 2001 and subsequent years.

Related Materials

Peg Mullen papers (IWA): Wiesenfeld assisted Mullen in her antiwar activism.

Britt Nelson, 2004; Sharon M. Lake, 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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