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Susan Redfern papers

Identifier: IWA0998

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Scope and Contents

The Susan Redfern papers date from 1975 to 1986 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers consist of newsletters from various Iowa City women’s organizations, including WRAC, N.O.W., and Better Homes and Dykes. Also included are various materials about reproductive health, including a birth control handbook, rape and security tips, and a sponge kit from the Emma Goldman Clinic. Correspondence in the collection demonstrates the broad advocacy for women’s rights by both Redfern and others in Iowa City, and includes letters from senators regarding the E.R.A., a letter to the president about Linda Eaton’s lawsuit, and a mailing from a Unitarian minister regarding pending abortion legislation. Other materials illustrate a strong desire to inform and educate, such as a training packet from the Domestic Violence Project, an abortion fact sheet, a publication on the politics of clothing, and Fat Politics, a collection of writings on fat issues and positive self-image.


  • Creation: 1975-1986


Biographical / Historical

Susan Redfern has worked at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Iowa City, Iowa.


5.00 linear inches

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Feminist and lesbian activist in Iowa City in the 70s and 80s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1348) were donated by Susan Redfern in 2013.

Susan Redfern papers
Carla DeWit, 2017
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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
319-335-5900 (Fax)