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Mount Vernon Friendship Club records

Identifier: IWA1169

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Scope and Contents

The Mount Vernon Friendship Club records date from 1921-2015 and measure 12 linear inches. The records comprise three series: History, Administrative, and Scrapbooks.

The History series contains handwritten accounts of some of the club’s historical highlights. It also contains an outline of the 95th anniversary meeting.

The Adminstrative (1929-2018) series contains the club’s programs, minutes, and ledgers.

The Scrapbooks (1921-2015) series documents the history of the club. It includes correspondence, obituaries, news clippings, and many photographs.


  • Creation: 1921-2015


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

The Mount Vernon Friendship Club was formed on May 29, 1912. Its membership consisted of women from the rural areas around Mount Vernon, Iowa. The object of the club was to promote the spirit of kindness and “goodfellowship,” with the motto “We Learn to do by Doing.” Women often brought their children with them to meetings. The Club was dedicated to doing good works through their Relief Division. They donated sewn items, food, and other goods to needy families and charitable organizations, including the Home for the Friendless and Sunshine Mission in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Perkins Children’s Home in Iowa City, Iowa. The club also offered educational programs and organized tours and outings for the group. During World War II they were active in the war effort; they donated money and food, and sponsored a French orphan. The club remained active until 2015.


12.00 linear inches

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Minutes, programs, and scrapbooks of the Mount Vernon Friendship Club of Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 1526) were donated by Sandra Wolrab in 2017.

Mount Vernon Friendship Club records
Amanda Axley
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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
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