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Theristriai Club (Marion, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA0571

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Scope and Contents

The Theristriai Club records date from 1871 to 2003 and measure 20 linear inches. Minutes, handwritten in bound journals or ledgers, (most of which include additional loose papers in the front cover), date from 1871 to 2011, with a gap from 1872 to 1891. Two scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs and programs for each meeting; the 1930-1931 scrapbook received an Award of Excellence from the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. Newspaper clippings include local coverage of club social activities and fundraising events. A comprehensive club history, written on the occasion of the club's 100th anniversary in 1967, is located in the anniversary folder. Programs booklets outline the study theme for the year, and provide lists active, inactive, deceased, and committee members. Programs are, for the most part, professionally produced with handmade finished details. The collection does not include programs for the years 1908-10, 1949-50, 1951-53, and 1962-63. Two books on parliamentary procedure complete the collection. Several photographs and negatives feature women's gatherings and area homes.


  • Creation: 1871-2011


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 Theristriai Club of Marion, Iowa was founded in April 1867. In its early days the club was dedicated to the study of classics, drama, architecture, and Shakespeare. After the turn of the 20th century, the study of psychology, public service, education, electrification, and home economics became the club's focus. Serious study gradually gave way to social affairs such as club tableaux, picnics, teas, and dinners. The Theristriai Club was a member of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. The club disbanded in 2011.


20.00 linear inches

Photographs in Box 4 boxes

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Marion, Iowa, study club that was founded in 1867.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 1093) were donated by Pat Klopfenstein in 2007.

Related Materials

OOP (Marion, Iowa) records (IWA): In 1891 Theristriai split into two organizations, one called the Theristriai, the other OOP.

Liz Crooks, 2007.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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