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Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women

Identifier: IWA0134

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Scope and Contents

The interviews that make up Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women were conducted in 1984, and the manuscript completed in 1992. The transcripts, manuscript, and related material together measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in six series: Iowa Humanities Board, Correspondence, Transcripts, and Manuscript, Photographs, and Audio/Visual.

The Iowa Humanities Board series contains one application for funding from the Iowa Humanities Board in 1985.

The Correspondence series (1992) includes communications relating to the publication of the project.

The third series Transcripts (1984) contains transcripts of the original taped interviews.

The Manuscript series consists of the preliminary draft and the final copy of Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women edited by Bettie McKenzie.

The Photographs and Audio/Visual series contain material donated by Julie Zimmer in 2010 and 2012.

The Photographs series contains photographs and negatives of each of the original ten interviewees. These images were used to decorate the cases for the interview’s digitized versions.

The Audio/Visual series contains digitized copies of each interview along with a CD containing photographs of each interviewee. It also includes a digitized version of the original 1986 slide/tape show “Her Own Story:’ Ten Benton County Women” and Mp3 files of each interview, edited transcripts, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1984-1992


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the Vinton Branch of the American Association of University Women.

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Biographical / Historical

Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women is a women's oral history project of the Vinton, Iowa, American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 1984 members of the AAUW interviewed and taped the histories of ten Benton County women. In 1985 the tapes were transcribed, resulting in over 900 pages of typescript. To put the transcripts into a more accessible form, Bettie McKenzie of Red Oak, Iowa, volunteered in 1988 to edit them.

In 1992 the book, Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women, was completed. Two bound copies were placed in the Vinton Public Library and are available on inter-library loan. A slide-tape show was produced based on these interviews and is also available at the Vinton library. All of the women, who were born at the turn of the twentieth century, were asked questions about family background, education, work history, personal memories and historical events. Their stories reveal ten individuals of varying backgrounds and experiences, yet who are typical of women on farms and in small towns of the Midwest. The project was supported with grants from the Iowa Humanities Board and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


10.00 linear inches

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Project of the Vinton, Iowa, American Association of University Women.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 199) were donated by Bettie McKenzie and the Benton County AAUW in 1994.

Natalie S. Brody, 1994.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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