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Cedar Investors (Cedar County, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0742

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Scope and Contents

The Cedar Investors records date from 1983 to 2003 and measure 7.25 linear inches. The bulk of the collection is comprised of brokerage statements. The remainder of the collection includes meeting minutes, bylaws, and amendments.


  • Creation: 1983-2003


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

Cedar Investors, a women's investment club, held its first meeting in Helen M. Fawcett's living room in Tipton, Iowa, in April 1983. The previous year, Fawcett had attended a session on investing at an American Association of University Women (AAUW) workshop in Des Moines, Iowa. During the early 1980s, the AAUW encouraged members to become better educated about financial issues. Eighteen women signed the first partnership agreement for Cedar Investors, resolved to "invest the assets of the partnership solely in stocks, bonds, and securities, for the education and benefit of the partners." Most members resided in West Branch or Tipton, Iowa. Many were also members of the AAUW. The primary purpose of the club was to help members become familiar with investing. Typically, the club had between twelve and twenty members; membership was capped at twenty. Members presented detailed reports about companies at monthly meetings and each member was required to invest at least twenty dollars per month in the club's portfolio. In 2004, Judy Cottingham reflected upon the investment strategy of the club, explaining that the club purchased shares in companies that were located in Iowa or employed Iowans, companies that had a recognized presence in Iowa, and companies that "had a peaceful healthy impact in our world." Cedar Investors dissolved in 2003.


7.50 linear inches

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A women's investment club organized to invest the assets of the partnership solely in stocks, bonds, and securities, for the education and benefit of the partners.

Source of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 929) were donated by Judith Cottingham in 2004.

Related Materials

Joyce Nielsen Papers (IWA):  Nielsen founded Nielsen Financial Consultants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nielsen educated women about investing and co-sponsored legislation to make insurance policies gender neutral. The bulk of these records pertain to the years 1977-1992.

Karissa Haugeberg, 2009.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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