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National Association of Women in Construction, Des Moines Chapter scrapbook

Identifier: IWA0644

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one scrapbook, which measures 1 linear inch and dates from 1961 to 1964. The scrapbook is chronologically arranged, and contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures, photographs, and other documents relating to the history and goals of the Des Moines Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. The correspondence among various women in construction-related firms details the initial stages of forming the Chapter. The newspaper clippings and photographs document important moments in the Chapter's history, including the many social events sponsored by the club. Also included are photocopies of official documents such as the standard bylaws of the organization. An architectural plan decorates the cover, and is reproduced throughout the scrapbook.


  • Creation: 1961-1964


Conditions Governing Access

The records 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

The National Association of Women in Construction provides a forum in which women who are employed or own businesses in the construction industry can "exchange ideas and enjoy stimulating programs." The Des Moines Chapter was chartered in July of 1963, with the stated objectives of bringing together women in construction to encourage cooperation and better understanding among them, and "to promote fellowship and goodwill among members of the organization." Mrs. Maryjo Welch, secretary in the Paul A. Walters engineering firm, was elected the chapter's first president.

Most of the original dues-paying members worked in the support staffs of various architectural, engineering and contracting firms. They attended club meetings once a month, in which guest speakers who were industry professionals spoke or screened short films educating the women about the latest developments in the industry. The club also organized dinners, luncheons, cocktail parties, and other social activities. Officers of the club attended out-of-state conventions sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction. The club also organized short workshops on technical topics, with the idea that "the more we know about it, the more valuable we are to our bosses."


1.00 linear inch

Photographs in Box 1. boxes

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Organization to provide a forum for women in the construction industry to meet and exchange ideas.


One scrapbook, shelved in Box 1, oversize.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 155) were donated by Maryjo F. Welch and William P. Angrick II in 1993.

Katherine Price, 1994.
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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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