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Searchlight Study Club (Fort Madison, Iowa) records

Identifier: IWA1275

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Scope and Contents

The Searchlight Study Club (Fort Madison, Iowa) records date from 1952 to 2020 and measure 1.75 linear feet (3 boxes). The records are arranged in three series: Scrapbooks, Administrative, and Events.

The Scrapbooks series (1952-2020) contain yearbooks with handmade covers, photographs, newspaper clippings, member memorials, and membership statistics.

The Administrative series (1952-2005) consists of the Searchlight Study Club Constitution and By-Laws in different states of revision, correspondence, and materials on parliamentary procedure.

The Events series (1976-1997) contains event programs, recipes, correspondence, and drafts of speeches.


  • Creation: 1952 - 2020


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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Biographical / Historical

The Searchlight Study Club was organized in 1952 by women from Lee County, Iowa and federated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1953. There were 11 founding members in 1952. As of 2019, there were 19 active members and more than 90 members across its history. The club met monthly for book reports, museum visits, talks from community members on a wide range of topics from medicine to world history, and for an annual Christmas social event in December. “The object of this organization,” their constitution and by-laws state, “shall be to stimulate and train its members for participation in intellectual, cultural, and civic affairs. Social events often had elaborate themes and menus highlighting a certain time period or a literary work, such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


1.75 Linear Feet

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Women’s club organized in Fort Madison, Iowa in 1952 for the purposes of intellectual and social enrichment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1651) were donated by Danielle Hoskins in 2019.

Andrew Newell, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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