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Young Women's Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0048

Scope and Contents

The Young Women's Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) records date from 1975 to 2015 and measure 5.0 linear inches. The records are arranged alphabetically and consist of annual reports, brochures, promotional materials, photographs, audiovisual, and several copies of "Deviance," a zine written by young women at the YWRC dealing with issues such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. The "Early records" files include financial records, meeting minutes, Director's reports, and correspondence pertaining to the beginning stages of the organization. The "Information packet for new board members" materials consist of a historical background of the organization, bylaws, early budgets, and descriptions concerning personnel policies, jobs, and performance evaluations. The "Reflections of Visionary Women" materials are from a banquet hosted by the YWRC honoring six Iowa women: Bonnie Campbell, Iowa's first woman attorney general; Willie Glanton, political activist and community leader; Mary Kramer, Iowa senator; Peggy Patrick, leader in the Des Moines area arts community; Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan, leading health-care executive, and Connie Wimer, a Des Moines, Iowa, business leader. The "Photographs" file includes photographs of Louise Noun and Charlotte Nelson. Several photographs are also from the Ms. Foundation for Women.


  • 1979-2003


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

The Young Women´s Resource Center (Des Moines, Iowa) opened in January 1978 and became a United Way Agency in 1980. The organization´s mission is to enlighten, educate, and empower young women in the Greater Des Moines area by providing free, voluntary, and confidential counseling services from a feminist point of view. The Young Women´s Resource Center (YWRC) offers a variety of programs, including "It Takes Two," a pregnancy prevention and sexual education program emphasizing the importance of both female and male responsibility; "Problem Solving," a counseling program for individuals or groups that assists with problems such as sexual abuse, dating violence, and crisis intervention; and "Young Moms," a program that offers education and support for pregnant and parenting women between the ages of 13 and 21. The YWRC also participates in community education through speaking engagements and workshops.


5.00 linear inches

2 videocassettes [V25 and V43] other_unmapped

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This local organization's goal was to, educate, and empower young women in the Greater Des Moines area through counseling and other programs.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 102) were donated by Jan Belucchi in 1991 and Anne Sexton in 2002.

Related Materials

Louise Noun papers (IWA): Noun helped found the Young Women's Resource Center, see Box 7.

Other Descriptive Information
Elizabeth Engel, 2006. Micaela Terronez, 2018
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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)