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Elizabeth Shaw papers

Identifier: IWA0026

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Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Shaw papers date from 1958 to 1977 and measure 12.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in two series: Topical files (arranged alphabetically) and Correspondence (sorted by year, then alphabetically). The topical files contain materials from many topics, ranging from abortion, coal mining, fair housing and immunization to massage parlors, optometry, pet care, school buses, and welfare costs.Two folders "Testing, Basic Skills, 1976 - 1977" were separated from the colleciton at the request of the donor in 1978.


  • Creation: 1958-1977


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research. Because this collection is housed at an offsite location, please allow at least two business days for retrieval and arrival to the main library.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Orr Shaw was born on October 2, 1923 in Monona, Iowa, to Harold T. and Hazel Kean Orr. She received her B.A. from Drake University, her M.A. in public administration from the University of Minnesota, and her J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School. Shaw was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1967 to 1972. She served in the Iowa Senate from 1973 to 1978, holding the position of Assistant Minority Leader during the 1977-1978 session. Elizabeth Shaw passed away in 2014.


12.50 Linear Feet

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Iowa state legislator from 1967 to 1977.


Topical files, arranged alphabetically, boxes 1-22; correspondence, boxes 23-30.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 27) were donated by Elizabeth Shaw.

Related Materials

"For the Public Record: a documentary history of the League of Women Voters" by Barbara Stuhler located in Iowa Women's Archvies stacks, JK1881 .S78 2003.

Separated Materials

Two folders "Testing, Basic Skills, 1976 - 1977" were separatted from the collection at the request of the donor in 1978.

Special Collections Staff and Kristen Rassbach in 1996.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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