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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Midwest Women's Studies Association records date from 1979 to 1992 (mostly 1985-1988) and measure 7.5 linear inches. They reflect Kathleen Hickok's dual role as Iowa State University's Women's Studies Department chair and as MWSA committee member. Most of the records in this collection were generated when the Iowa State University's Women's Studies Department hosted the MWSA in April 1986. The records are arranged in seven series: Conferences; Financial Records; Kathleen Hickok; Membership; Resources; Steering Committee; Women's Studies Conferences and Publications (not MWSA).

The Conferences series (1981-1989) primarily contains materials relating to the organization and evaluation of the MWSA's annual regional conferences. This series also contains documents pertaining to the MWSA's "sistership" program.

The Financial Records series (1986-1992) contains the accounts of the MWSA as an Iowa State University campus organization.

The Kathleen Hickok series(1985-1989) contains conference proposals and correspondence, and session notes authored by Kathleen Hickok. This series also contains papers concerning her work as regional coordinator for MWSA, 1985-1986.

The Membership series (1984-1989) contains membership lists and correspondence pertaining to member concerns. Researchers may be interested in the rapid development of women's studies departments in the Midwest, as reflected by the women's studies directories housed in this series.

The Resources series (1985-1986) provides a comparative overview of women's studies departments in the region. A speaker's list of feminist scholars and the topics on which they would be willing to speak is also included.

The Steering Committee series (1981-1987) includes regional business meeting notes and summaries, as well as communications between the regional branches and the main office of NWSA. The dramatic growth of women's studies as a discipline, as well as the excitement in feminist circles over this development, are captured here. Researchers will also be interested in the ways that feminists responded to the dual challenges of underfunding and overcommitment, as reflected in communications regarding the reorganization of the NWSA office and that organization's publications. Finally, a brief history of the founding of the Kansas University Women's Studies program suggests the ad hoc and activist foundations of feminist scholarship in the university setting.

Finally, the Women's Studies Conferences and Publications (not MWSA) series includes a few pamphlets and leaflets on other feminist activities in the mid-1980s.


  • Creation: 1979-1992


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.


From the Collection: 7.50 linear inches

From the Collection: Photographs in box 1. boxes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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)