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Judith Brodkey papers

Identifier: IWA0964

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Scope and Contents

The Judith Brodkey papers date from 1977-2016 and measure approximately 15 linear inches. The papers include documents and audio/visual materials arranged into six series: Personal; Professional; UN Conference on Women, Nairobi; UN Conference on Women, Beijing; Faith and Activism; and an Artifacts series containing a plaque.

The Personal series dates from 1977-2016 and contains creative writing/poetry written by Brodkey, as well as several of Brodkey’s school papers, including an analysis of economic racism in the U.S. This series also includes miscellaneous speeches, articles, and correspondence, mainly relating to Brodkey's reflections on organizing delegations to the UN women's conferences, as well as a Passover Hagaddah compiled by Brodkey in 1995.

The Professional series dates from 1984 to 2015 and reflects several organizations Brodkey worked for. Material related to Oregon Mediation Association, for which Brodkey served as executive director from 2008-2013, includes records of mediation conferences planned by Brodkey, newsletters, reports, and administrative materials. Material related to Brodkey's employment at the Oregon Health Sciences University and Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon including training materials she designed and/or presented on topics such as behavioral interviewing, working through conflict, and customer service. The series also contains some material related to Brodkey's work for the Oregon Prenatal Smoking Cessation Project and the Cleveland Sight Center for the Blind, as well as records of workshops on forgiveness led by Brodkey and miscellaneous professional publications she edited or contributed to.

The UN Conference on Women, Nairobi series dates from 1985 and contains conference reports and publications, as well as Brodkey's personal trip log. The series also contains notes, drafts, correspondence, and a cassette tape recording produced by Brodkey, all relating to reports Brodkey presented to various groups about her Nairobi experience.

The UN Conference on Women, Beijing series dates from 1995 and contains materials related to Judith’s organizing effort for the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women NGO Forum in Beijing, China. This includes maps, schedule of activities, conference publications, and correspondence. The materials also include various speeches and presentations Brodkey made reporting back on the Beijing conference.

The Faith and Activism series dates from 1990-2001 and contains various publications, fliers, contact sheets, and notes related to several of Brodkey's work with the Re-evaluation Counseling Community’s Jewish Women’s Gather-In, as well as three organizations or events Brodkey co-founded: the Portland Middle East Peace Project, the Iowans in Oregon picnic, and a 1994 gathering for Jewish women named Judy or Judith in the Portland area.


  • Creation: 1977-2016


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

Judith Brodkey was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Lillian and Norman Brodkey. Brodkey graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a BA in Social Work. She attended Bryn Mawr College and received her Masters of Social Service Administration degree with an empahsis on community organizing. Brodkey worked as the Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Human Resources for the the Cleveland Sight Center for the Blind from 1987-1990. In the 1990s she co-managed Oregon’s Prenatal Smoking Cessation Project. From 2008-2013 she served as executive director of the Oregon Mediation Association. As a volunteer, she helped to organize and promote Oregon’s involvement in two UN Conferences on Women, in Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995).


12.50 linear inches

Language of Materials



Feminist and public health professional in Portland, Oregon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Judith Brodkey papers (donor no. 1420) were donated by Judith Brodkey in 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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