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Karla Miller and Jean Bott papers

Identifier: IWA0997

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Scope and Contents

The Karla Miller and Jean Bott papers date from 1953 to 1981 and measure 2.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in two series: Printed Materials and Photographs.

The Printed Materials series (1953-1981) includes feminist writings, materials from local feminist businesses, the Greasy Thumb Automechanic’s Manual for Women, and three years of the locally-produced newspaper, “Ain’t I a Woman”.

The Photographs series (1975-1979 and undated) contains snapshots from a variety of local women’s activities and provides insight into the everyday experience of the feminist and lesbian community in Iowa City.


  • Creation: 1953-1981


Biographical / Historical

Karla Miller and her partner, Jean Bott, were active members of the Iowa City feminist and lesbian community in the 1970s and 1980s. Miller, a musician and graduate of the University of Iowa, was particularly dedicated to the work of the Rape Victims Advocacy Program in Iowa City, serving as its Director and Executive Director in the 1990s and early 2000s. She was also a founding member of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Jean Bott has worked as an accountant and tax preparer in the Iowa City area.


2.50 Linear Feet (Photographs in box 2-5)

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Iowa City activists involved in the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1191) were donated by Karla Miller in 2013.

Karla Miller and Jean Bott papers
Carla DeWit, 2017.
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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)