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Kathleen Halloran Chapman papers

Identifier: IWA0263

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Scope and Contents

Accession 1 of the Kathleen Halloran Chapman papers (boxes 1-9) contains material dating from 1977 to 1996 and measures 3.75 linear feet. Accession 2 (boxes 10-20) dates from 1986 to 1999 and measures 5 linear feet. Accession 1 is arranged in five series: Political campaigns, Iowa General Assembly, Local community involvement, Law practice, and Photographs.

The Political campaigns series (1977-1998) contains documents relating to Chapman's campaigns for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. Also included are facsimile messages and materials pertaining to Bonnie Campbell's 1994 campaign for governor of Iowa which if successful Chapman would have served on the transition committee. A large portion of the series contains campaign contribution finance records from 1992-998.

The Iowa General Assembly series (1978-1993) contains materials concerning Chapman's tenure as a state representative. The majority of the documents fall into two subseries: correspondence and legislation. The series also contains documents concerning Chapman's work on spending and tax reform in the General Assembly and on a Governor's Committee on Spending Reform.

The Local community involvement series (1983-1999) documents Chapman's involvement in local government reform, including her service on the Cedar Rapids Efficiency and Reform Committee; her work on a study of gender equity and sexual harassment in Iowa high schools; and her efforts for economic development through a proposed tourist railroad between Cedar Rapids and the Amanas. Also included are records from Chapman's service on the Board of Tanager Place and All Saints Parrish during her time away from the House of Representatives.

The Law practice series (1989-1998) documents Chapman's concern with issues of family and juvenile law as a member of committees for the Iowa and Linn County bar associations including the local Inn of Court group.

The Photographs series (1984-1998 and undated) contains proof sheets and photographs used in campaign pamphlets, photographs of bill signings with Governor Terry Branstad and snapshots of a 1992 presidential campaign stop in Cedar Rapids by candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Also included are photos of Kay Chapman with Al Gore and Hilary Rodham Clinton during Chapman's last years serving in the House.

The Accession 2 is arranged in four series: Campaigns, Iowa General Assembly, Community and Law.


  • Creation: 1977-1999


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

State representative and attorney Kathleen "Kay" Halloran Chapman was born January 19, 1937 at Estherville, Iowa. A lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids, she attended the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), earning a bachelor's degree in political science and English in 1959. She married Allen R. Chapman in 1961. As a wife and mother of two young sons Chapman returned to the University of Iowa to attend law school, graduating with distinction in 1974.

When Kay Chapman began her practice of law in 1974 she was the first woman attorney to enter private practice in Cedar Rapids. A Democrat, she was elected to the Iowa General Assembly from the forty-ninth district and served from 1983 to 1992. During her tenure in the Iowa House of Representatives, Chapman served as chair of the rules and administration committee; vice-chair of the ways and means, judiciary and ethics committees; on the commerce committee; and on the legislative council. After serving five terms in the legislature Chapman lost her reelection bid in 1992, but won election from the fifty-third district in 1996 and retired from the House of Representatives in 1999 after serving one term.


8.75 Linear Feet

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Attorney and Democrat who served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992 and again in 1996.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 367) were donated by Kathleen Chapman in 1996.

Randel W. Lackore, 1997; Britt Nelson, 2005. [ChapmanKathleen.doc]
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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