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Susan J. Norman papers

Identifier: IWA0299

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Scope and Contents

The Susan J. Norman papers date from 1972 to 1984 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers arearranged in two series: Biographical and Political and Social Activism.

The Biographical series contains a photograph of Susan Norman from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, a rough biographical sketch, and an employment form from General Telephone Company of Ohio,where Susan Norman was an employee.

The Political and Social Activism series contains information and papers from Susan Norman's work with Women for Women in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the Women's Poetry Reading. Also included are the meeting minutes from Grace and Rubies restaurant from 1975 and a collection of "Fat Liberation" illustrations, poetry, essays, and fliers collected by Norman during a visit to California in 1977.


  • Creation: 1972-1984


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Susan J. Norman was an Iowa City activist through the 1970s. She participated in consciousness-raising groups at the Emma Goldman Clinic and served on the board of Grace and Rubies. Grace and Rubies opened in 1976 and was aprivately owned incorporated business, which operated as a women-only restaurant and meeting space for two years.

Norman was also involved in various pro-choice activities, including organizing a pro-choice rally in Iowa City in 1978. After leaving Iowa City, Susan Norman continued in her activist pursuits, organizing Women for Women at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. Drawing on her experience with Iowa City's Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), Norman worked to develop Women for Women at BGSU from 1979-1984.

Susan Norman returned to Iowa,and worked in social services before beginning a career as a realtor in 1993 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


2.50 linear inches

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Iowa City activist.

Method of Acquisition

The Susan J. Norman papers (donor no. 409) were donated by Susan J. Norman in 1997.

Related Materials

Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) records (IWA)

Ain't I A Woman? records (IWA)

Emma Goldman Clinic records (IWA)

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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