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National Association of Women in Construction, Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Chapter records

Identifier: IWA0372

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Scope and Contents

The National Association of Women in Construction, Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Chapter records date from 1978 to 2005 and measure 3.25 linear feet. The records are arranged in four series: Administrative, Financial Records, Publications,and Photographs.

The Administrative series consists of correspondence, annual reports, agendas, minutes, operations manual and other various administrative materials. The series contains material on the organization's annual golf outings. Hundreds of people participate in the golf outings, including men. Records for the 1996 golf outing are missing.

The Financial Records series contains ledgers, income statements, treasurer's reports, and materials relating to the organization's tax exempt status.

The Publications series contains a "Career Day Manual," copies of the NAWIC Image magazine, various newsletters from other NAWIC chapters from around the country, as well as the Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City chapter's monthly newsletter, "NAWIC Pipeline," which includes a professional directory for its 15-20 members. A few issues are missing.

The Photographs series consists of two photographs, one of which is from the 1999 NAWIC annual convention.


  • Creation: 1978-2005


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) provides a forum in which women who work in the construction industry can meet and support each other. The majority of the members in the Cedar Rapids branch have professional careers in the industry. Their mission statement says, "NAWIC is an international organization of women employed in the construction industry which promotes that industry and supports advancement of women within it." The group's pledge is: "As material for the Construction for our building, I pledge the agility of my hands, the ability of my mind, and the integrity of my heart."

The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter was chartered on February 22, 1969 with four members. Officers and members of the chapter attend conventions and forums sponsored by NAWIC. In 1991, Cedar Rapids hosted the annual spring forum. Every year, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter hosts a golf outing and a "Little Reno Nite" to raise funding for scholarships for students, male and female, who are interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry.

In 1997-98, the group awarded scholarships and painted a masonry training lab for the Masonry Training Program at Kirkwood Community College. While mainly a social networking organization, NAWIC also promotes entrepreneurship, takes tours of facilities, and participates in the Block Kids program. Block Kids is a national competition hosted by the NAWIC Education Foundation that promotes early interest in the construction industry in which grade school students are allowed to build whatever they want out of Legos and other miscellaneous items such as string and foil. The chapter has also been active in sponsoring the Kirkwood Community College's annual "Beyond Rubies: A Woman's Conference" for a number of years.


3.25 Linear Feet

Photographs in Box 9. boxes

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The local chapter gives scholarships to students interested in construction careers, sponsors an annual golf outing and provides social networking opportunities for women who work in construction.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 530) were donated by Tammy Koeppel in 1998 and 2000.

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Elizabeth Engel, 2005.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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