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Book Review Club (Manchester, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0575

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Scope and Contents

The Book Review Club (Manchester, IA) records date from 1938 to 2007 and measure 5 linear inches. The bulk of the collection is made up minutes and program books spanning the entirety of the club's existence (with one gap for program books). Book lists can be found in club minutes from 1956-1957, 1989-1994 and 1994-1995. Minutes occasionally include the book reviews given at club meetings.


  • Creation: 1938-2007


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

The Book Review Club of Manchester, Iowa was founded circa 1938. In October 1938, the Book Review Club joined the City Federation, an organization which promoted civic projects throughout Manchester. Membership in the Book Review Club was limited to eighteen. Club members reviewed both fiction and non-fiction works and many of the books reviewed were written by women, or were about women. The Book Club was also a social group, with members hosting meetings at their homes, and organizing "Secret Pals" during the holiday season. The group disbanded on August 27, 2007, after unsuccessful efforts to recruit new members.


5.00 linear inches

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The club was a social group gathered in homes to review books.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 1135) were donated by Pat Swanson in 2007.

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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
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