Young Business Women's Association Records
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
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