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Blanca Vasquez Gaines papers

Identifier: IWA0899

Puerto Rican woman who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II and trained at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Dates: 1944-2009

Catherine Gayle Williams papers

Identifier: IWA0242

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

Dates: 1910-1991

Cheryl Britton papers

Identifier: IWA0873

Career nurse and avid traveler who grew up in Dedham, Iowa and Des Moines.

Dates: 1890-2003

Edna Means papers

Identifier: IWA0171

Characterist and dramatic reader, and chatauqua performer from Tama, Iowa organized her own talent agency.


A gift copy of James W. Foley's, Some one like you (1915), presented to Means by Elias Day in 1936, has been removed to the printed works collection and cataloged separately.

Dates: 1908-1986

ERA Iowa 1992 records

Identifier: IWA0305

Grassroots campaign initiated in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1991 to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Iowa constitution in the 1992 election.

Dates: 1980-1993

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

Jo Ann Zimmerman papers

Identifier: IWA0351

Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1982 and in 1986, she became the first woman Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.

Dates: 1958-1995

Julie Litchfield Tallman papers

Identifier: IWA0285

High school and college student from Des Moines, Iowa, who was a talented golfer and musician.

Dates: 1955-1995

Kathleen Wood Laurila papers

Identifier: IWA0458

Iowa activist involved in the peace movement as well energy conservation and environmental protection coalitions.

Dates: 1956-1999

Katy Gammack papers

Identifier: IWA0749

Multi-client lobbyist, co-publisher of "Money and Politics Iowa," and an advocate for women's rights.

Dates: 1976-2007

League of Women Voters, Metropolitan Des Moines records

Identifier: IWA0243

This non-partisan group studied and acted upon the many local issues including the following: the council-manager form of city government, home rule for local and county government, reapportionment of legislative districts of the Iowa General Assembly, desegregation and integration of Des Moines public schools, and the need for affordable housing in the community.

Dates: 1936-1995

Louise Rosenfield Noun papers

Identifier: IWA0035

Feminist and civil liberties activist from Des Moines, Iowa, who was also an art collector, author, and co-founder of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives.

Dates: 1926-2018

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

Mary Jane Odell papers

Identifier: IWA0056

Television journalist and politician who served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1980 to 1986.

Dates: 1936-2002

Mary Louise Smith papers

Identifier: IWA0027

First woman to chair the Republican National Committee, serving from 1974 to 1977. Co-founder of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives.

Dates: 1925-1997

Molly Bolin papers

Identifier: IWA0362

Professional basketball player from Moravia, Iowa who played for Iowa Cornets from 1978 to 1981 and for San Francisco and Columbus Ohio teams until 1984.

Dates: 1972-1997

Noble Photograph collection

Identifier: IWA0031

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

Dates: 1874-1996

Rhonda Penquite papers

Identifier: IWA0669

Professional basketball player and coach who played for the Iowa Cornets and the New Mexico Energee.

Dates: 1967-1998

Shloss and Mannheimer Families papers

Identifier: IWA0334

Prominent Des Moines families including Irma Mannheimer, her husband Rabbi Eugene Mannheimer of Temple B'nai Jeshurun, and her parents, Rose and Max Shloss—the owners of Lederer and Strauss and Company.

Dates: 1896-1986

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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Goad family 1
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Iowa Abortion Rights Activists League. Steering Committee 1
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Laurila, Kathleen Wood, 1940- 1
League of Women Voters (Des Moines, Iowa) 1
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Lederer and Strauss and Company 1
Lloyd-Jones, Jean (1929-) 1
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Mannheimer, Eugene Max, 1880-1952 1
Mannheimer, Irma Shloss, 1890-1974 1
Means, Edna, 1887-1979 1
Money & Politics in Iowa 1
Mount Ararat Baptist Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 1
National Conference of Christians and Jews 1
National Federation of Republican Women 1
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 1
Noble, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1945- 1
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Odell, Mary Jane, 1923-2010 1
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Planned Parenthood Federation of America 1
President's Commission for the Observance of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations 1
Ray, Robert D. (1928-2018) 1
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