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TOPS Club records

Identifier: IWA0811

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Scope and Contents

The TOPS Club records date from 1965 to 2004 and measure 10 linear inches. The records consist of eight scrapbooks, which detail TOPS history over a forty-year period, from 1965 to 2004. The first scrapbook contains the founding certificate of the club, its by-laws, and meeting minutes as well as a guide to good eating and alternatives to over-eating. One newspaper article describes how, during the club's first month, its members collectively lost 135 pounds. Most of the scrapbooks illuminate club activities through newspaper clippings, photographs, membership lists and occasional songs. The KOPS scrapbook consists of before and after photographs of members together with personal stories and the skits members wrote to celebrate progression to KOPS. The 2003 to 2004 notebook recording the weight loss of individual members for that period concludes the collection.


  • Creation: 1965-2004


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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10.00 linear inches

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Organization that provided support for weight loss.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 1243) were donated by Mary Kindred in 2010.

Rosemary Riess, 2012
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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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