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Arlene Morris papers

Identifier: IWA0276

Clinical psychologist and University of Iowa alumna who was a member of the Des Moines Know Your Neighbor panel.

Dates: 1946-1996

Azalia Mitchell papers

Identifier: IWA0650

Mitchell and her husband operated the Community Pharmacy in Des Moines for 25 years.

Dates: 1911-1988

Catherine Gayle Williams papers

Identifier: IWA0242

Professional dancer and deputy commissioner of the Iowa Department of Social Services.

Dates: 1910-1991

Dora E. Mackay papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0248

African American singer and beauty shop owner in Des Moines, Iowa.


One folder, shelved in SCVF; one audiocassette [AC1109] shelved in audiocassette collection.

Dates: 1932-2006

Edna Griffin papers

Identifier: IWA0443

Civil rights activist, later known as the Rosa Parks of Iowa.

Dates: 1948-2004

Frances Hawthorne papers

Identifier: IWA0473

Des Moines educator whose materials include You Can't Go Back to Buxton and African Americans in Iowa: a Chronicle of Contributions, 1830-1992.

Dates: 1906-2000

Geraldene Felton papers

Identifier: IWA0330

Professor and former dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing.


Two books that mention Felton and her achievements in nursing are filed in the printed work collection of the Iowa Women's Archives: Complete in All Its Parts: Nursing Education at the University of Iowa, 1898-1998 by Lee Anderson and Kathy Penningroth (1998) and The Path We Tread: Blacks in Nursing Worldwide, 1864-1994 by M. Elizabeth Carnegie (1995).

Dates: 1951-2004

Gwendolyn Fowler papers

Identifier: IWA0365

The first African American woman pharmacist licensed in Iowa and presidential appointee to the United States Foreign Service in the 1950s.

Dates: 1905-1996

Jean Berry papers

Identifier: IWA0297

Des Moines-based artist.

Dates: 1989-2000

Lillian Moore Scales papers

Identifier: IWA0292

Estherville, Iowa-born homemaker and teacher who was active in literary, political, and religious groups in Des Moines.

Dates: 1938-1991

Marguerite Cothorn papers

Identifier: IWA0402

Social worker and political activist, who served on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission from 1983 to 1984.

Dates: 1928-1995

Mary Elizabeth Wood papers

Identifier: IWA0262

Social worker and the first African American woman in the United States to be named executive director of a greater metropolitan YWCA.

Dates: 1920-1998

Maude Esther White papers

Identifier: IWA0196

Founder of the Des Moines Tutoring Center, and Iowa's first Affirmative Action administrator from 1973 to 1978.

Dates: 1957-1996

Noble Photograph collection

Identifier: IWA0031

Postcards and photographs of Iowa includes the work of professional women photographers in Iowa.

Dates: 1874-1996

Penny Furgerson papers

Identifier: IWA0280

Native of India who founded the Gateway Dance Theatre, a Des Moines-based company specializing in multiethnic dance.

Dates: 1957-2006

Sarilda Phillips papers

Identifier: IWA0671

Mississippi schoolteacher who was forced into retirement in 1956 following desegregation.

Dates: 1913-1986

Verda Williams papers

Identifier: IWA0137

Communication specialist at Iowa State University who produced the documentary Black Des Moines: Voices Seldom Heard.

Dates: 1965-2004

YWCA of Greater Des Moines records

Identifier: IWA0167

The records are arranged in eight series: Administrative records, Financial records, Publicity, Branches and clubs, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Artifacts, and 1998 Accession.

Dates: 1885-1995

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Community Pharmacy (Des Moines, Iowa) 1
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Des Moines City Federation of Colored Women 1
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Furgerson, Betty Jean, 1927- 1
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Indo-American Association of Des Moines 1
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Iowa State University. Cooperative Extension Service 1
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Katz Drug Store (Des Moines, Iowa) 1
Know Your Neighbor (Panel : Des Moines, Iowa) 1
Lawrence, Noah 1
Mackay, Dora E., 1915- 1
Marsh, Marjorie, 1913- 1
Mary Church Terrell Club (Des Moines, Iowa) 1
Mason, Kären 1
Maxwell, Artice 1
Mississippi State Board of Education 1
Mitchell, Azalia, 1898-1986 1
Mitchell, James Wardlow 1
Mount Ararat Baptist Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 1
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1
Noble, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1945- 1
Phillips, Sarilda, 1877-1971 1
Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948) 1
Ross, Marie 1
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Schuyler, Philippa, 1932-1967 1
Smith, David A. 1
Spencer, Bessie 1
State University of Iowa. School of Social Work 1
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
United States. Foreign Service 1
University of Iowa. College of Pharmacy 1
Veterans Administration Hospital (Iowa City, Iowa) 1
Veterans Administration Hospital (Knoxville, Iowa) 1
WOI-TV (Television station : Ames, Iowa) 1
White, Maude Esther, 1913-2003 1
Williams, Catherine Gayle, 1914- 1
Williams, Richard, -1995 1
Williams, Verda L. (1944-2021) 1
Williams, Virginia Mackay 1
Wilson, Paul 1
Wood, Mary Elizabeth, 1902- 1
Young Women's Christian Association of Buffalo (N.Y.) 1
Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.) 1
Young Women's Christian Association of Pittsburgh (Pa.) 1
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