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Central Iowa Family Planning records

Identifier: IWA1297

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Scope and Contents

The Central Iowa Family Planning records date from 1971 to 2016 and measure 2 linear feet in 4 boxes. The records are arranged in four series: Administration, Publicity, Sex Education, and Artifacts.

The Administration series (1971-1994) is composed of organizational forms, ledgers, and board meeting minutes.

The Publicity series (1971-2016) is made up of newspaper clippings containing articles about the clinic’s foundation and services, as well as brochures and photographs of clinic staff and patrons.

The Sex Education series (1976-2015) includes educational reports and fact sheets from outside organizations, as well as materials from sex education programs held by Central Iowa Family Planning.

The Artifacts series contains a variety of items once used by Central Iowa Family Planning as part of their educational and health care services, including oral contraceptive pills and containers, diaphragms, pregnancy tests, and cavity rim cervical caps.


  • Creation: 1971 - 2016

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. However, copyright status for some collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge the Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, as the source of the material. For further information, visit

Biographical / Historical

The Central Iowa Family Planning (CIFP) clinic opened in 1973 at 704 May St., Marshalltown, IA, and in 1988 at 717 5th Ave., Suite 4, Grinnell, IA. Providing both needs-based medical care and preventive and practical sexual education programs to the communities they served, the Central Iowa Family Planning clinic was often their patient’s only access to healthcare. Staff routinely examined patients from marginalized communities who were on Medicaid or had no health insurance. CIFP provided reliable access to Sexually Transmitted Disease screenings, birth control, and pregnancy tests. Serving six counties from its Marshalltown and Grinnell offices, CIFP relied on personal donations, grant funding, and limited health insurance reimbursements. CIFP was not affiliated with any national organization. When Medicaid was privatized and broken down into three individual companies in Iowa, Central Iowa Family Planning was forced to close both its clinics in 2016.


2 Linear Feet (Photos in Box 3; Artifacts in Box 4.)

Language of Materials



Feminist health clinic based in Marshalltown and Grinnell, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1508) were donated by Kathy Dooley in 2017.

Central Iowa Family Planning records
Emma Barton-Norris, 2022.
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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)