Histories of Rural Iowa Women's Clubs
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of short histories of women's clubs in rural Iowa, written by club members or published in local newspapers.
Clubs include: Allamakee County Bob's Creek Neighbors, Allamakee County Grand Meadow Women's Club, Allamakee County Post-Franklin Township Club, and Winneshiek County Minowa Rug Guild.
Conditions Governing Access
The records are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
A fabric of women's clubs wove together rural women's society. From the rural township clubs initiated by the Farm Bureau in the early 1920s to the more cultural "study clubs," to the Federated Women's Clubs, garden clubs, and church-related clubs, rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs. In most cases, clubs developed when individual women organized their friends or neighbors to create opportunities to socialize, educate themselves, and support each other in joys and grief. Frequently officers were elected, minutes recorded, and club anniversaries celebrated. Although membership was high during the first half of the twentieth century, it has declined in recent decades as younger women find other social outlets or have less unscheduled time.
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Language of Materials
Rural women participated in a great number and variety of clubs. This collection has short histories of a variety of clubs formed in Iowa in the first part of the 20th century.
One folder, shelved in SCVF.
Method of Acquisition
The records (donor no. 579) were donated by various donors, beginning in 1998.
- Grand Meadow Women's Club (Allamakee County, Iowa)
- Post-Franklin Township Club (Allamakee County, Iowa)
- Administrative records
- Allamakee County (Iowa)
- Archives (groupings)
- Bob's Creek Neighbors (Club : Allamakee County, Iowa)
- Minowa Rug Guild (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
- Rural women
- Rural women
- Social participation
- Twentieth century
- Winneshiek County (Iowa)
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women in agriculture
- Doris Malkmus, 1999.
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- Script of description
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