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Linda Czuba Brigance papers

Identifier: IWA0945

Scope and Contents

The Linda Czuba Brigance papers consist of three series: Dissertation (1999), Research Files (1992 – 1999), and Publications (1990 – 1998).

The Dissertation series consists of Brigance’s 1999 dissertation: “Rhetoric, Reasoning, and Relevance: Theorizing Public Controversy,” in which she analyzed the rhetoric surrounding the 1992 Iowa Equal Rights Amendment referendum.

The Research Files series consist of materials Brigance used for her dissertation research. They include newspaper clippings, scholarly articles, and Iowa laws and legislation concerning the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Research Files contain materials from the 1992 ERA referendum campaign such as pamphlets and bumper stickers, an ERA curriculum guide from the National Education Association, and a book entitled “The Complete Text of the Equal Rights Amendment, unabridged” in which each page features the complete text of the ERA. This series also contains ten transcripts of interviews Brigance conducted with people involved in the 1992 ERA campaign. The Phyllis Schlafly, Illiteracy: Its Consequences and Cure folder consists of printed material associated with an audiocassette of the same name.

The Publications series contains several issues of IoWoman, one 1990 TIME Magazine special issue on women, and an issue of Humanities with an article on women’s suffrage.


  • 1990 - 1999


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.

Biographical / Historical

Linda Czuba Brigance was born to George M. and Virginia Bargiel Czuba in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in Grenada, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Brigance earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis. In 1999 she completed a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Brigance taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia for seventeen years before retiring in 2015.


12 linear inches

Language of Materials



Papers related to the 1999 dissertation of Linda Czuba Brigance, on the subject of the 1992 Iowa Equal Rights Amendment referendum.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1409) were donated by Linda Czuba Bigance in 2015.
Linda Czuba Brigance papers
Anna Tunnicliff
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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