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Good Night!! Ladies records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1342

Scope and Contents

The Good Night!! Ladies records dates from 1974-1975 and measure 1 linear inch. They contain Gloria Gelman's copy of the musical score for "Good Night!! Ladies," an original musical production with music and lyrics by Doris Kohn and piano arrangements and choral direction by Mary Kramer. The collection also includes reproductions of two newspapers articles about performances of Kohn's musicals, and photocopies of cast photographs from the University Club records at the State Historical Society of Iowa.


  • Creation: 1974 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa and ownership is retained by the creators and/or their heirs.

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Biographical / Historical

The musical "Good Night!! Ladies" was written by Doris Kohn and Mary Kramer in 1974 and first staged for the University Club's May breakfast meeting on May 6, 1975. The University Club was a social club originally for women faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Iowa, which was later opened to anyone with an interest in the University and the Iowa City community. The performance was presented in celebration of International Women's Year. The musical was later performed at the Vets Auditorium by the Junior League of Des Moines, with Mary Kramer accompanying on the piano. Parts of the musical were also performed as a fundraiser for Mary Kramer during her first campaign for the Iowa legislature in 1990. Members of the original cast included women who later became prominent in Iowa City and statewide politics, including Jean Lloyd-Jones and Janet Shipton. The show presents vignettes from women's history and includes songs about Carrie Chapman Catt, interactions between white settler and Indigenous women in early Iowa history, Rosie the Riveter, and homemakers.


1 linear inches

Language of Materials



A musical score for "Good Night!! Ladies," a revue on the topic of women's history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1692) were donated by the family of Gloria Gelman in 2023.

Related Materials

University Club records (State Historical Society of Iowa)

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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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