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Young Business Women's Association Records

Identifier: IWA1011

Scope and Contents

The collection includes pamphlets commemorating the 75th and 100th years of the Young Business Women’s Association, later renamed BWA Foundation.


  • 1964 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Near the end of the 19th Century, Des Moines was a growing city with a growing population of “self-supporting women.” A number of established Des Moines women sought a place where young working women could find a comfortable “home away from home” with reasonable rent. With financial support from several philanthropists and material donations from the community, the Christian Home for Self Supporting Women opened its doors on April 1st, 1889. The home, incorporated in 1894 as the Christian Home for Women prior to being called the Business Women’s Association, was located at five different addresses in Des Moines before closing its doors as a residence in 1980. Now known as the BWA Foundation, the group provides financial assistance to programs aiding women and children in Polk County.


1 linear inch

Language of Materials



Home for young working women living in Des Moines.


One file, shelved in SCVF.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 28) were donated by Mary Louise Smith in 1996.
Young Business Women’s Association records
Laurel Rhame, 2014
Language of description
Script of description

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)