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Kathryn Stone papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0685

Scope and Contents

The Kathryn Stone papers date from 1930 to 1932 and 1995 and consist of 5 items: three photographs and two clippings, an obituary and a tribute, from the May 1995 Washington Post.


  • Creation: 1930-1995


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

Kathryn Haeseler Meyers Stone, Virginia State legislator, was born in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1906 and attended Cornell College and the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), receiving a master's degree in American History. Stone taught school in Michigan and Louisiana and in 1931-33 taught in the University High School in Iowa City. She married Harold A. Stone in 1936. Kathryn Stone was active in the League of Women Voters and the Commission on Human Resources of the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Stone represented Arlington, Virginia, in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1954 to 1966. She was the first woman to be elected to the Virginia Legislature from northern Virginia and was a proponent of desegregation in the public schools. After the 1960 Census, she was one of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Virginia's reapportionment plan, gaining a ruling that state legislatures be apportioned on the basis of population. Stone played an important role in the creation of the Virginia community college system, and she helped establish the first regional detention home for juveniles in the state. Stone died in 1995.


0.25 linear inches

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Mount Vernon, Iowa, native who taught at University High School in Iowa City in 1930 and 1931.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 278) were donated by Shirley Briggs in 1995.

Related Materials

The bulk of Stone's papers are on deposit at the University of Virginia Library, Special Collections Department, Charlottesville, VA 22904, (804) 924-3025.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997; Margaret Richardson, 1998.
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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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