Skip to main content

Bridging the Generations Exhibit: Master Farm Homemakers Guild records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0589

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a brief history of the creation of the exhibit, letters supporting a grant application to the Iowa Humanities Board, and a teaching packet for using the exhibit with school groups. Materials also include photographs of the travelling exhibit, a travel schedule for 1998-2001, and a supplemental booklet for exhibit viewers. The video, "Celebrating Farm Homemaking," is available in the Audiovisual collection.


  • Creation: 1992-2001


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.

However, copyright status for some collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge the Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, as the source of the material. For further information, visit

Biographical / Historical

The non-profit Master Farm Homemakers Guild is an honorary association of approximately 160 farm women who have demonstrated noteworthy leadership and community involvement. Wallace's Farmer inducts four women annually from a pool of women nominated by community groups across the state. The Guild celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1992 by creating a video "Celebrating Farm Homemaking."

In the spring of 1996, they determined to expand their efforts to publicize the history of the Master Farm Homemakers in Iowa. With a grant from the Iowa Humanities Board, they created a travelling exhibit of photographs, biographies and history of selected farm homemakers through the last century. Featured women included Carrie Chapman Catt, Sarah Gillespie Huftalen, Fannie R. Buchanan, Jessie Field Shambaugh, Miriam Pyle Johnson, Ruth Buxton Sayre, Alice Van Wert Murray, and Beverly George Everett. The exhibit, entitled "Bridging the Generations: The Lives and Contributions of Rural Iowa Women," has been on display in various towns across the state in subsequent years.


.25 linear inch

1 [V202] videocassettes

Language of Materials



This exhibit was created by the Master Farm Homemakers Guild to publicize their history in Iowa.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 616) were donated by Joan Moore in 1999.

Doris Malkmus, 1999; Heather Cooper, 2019
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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)