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A. Louise Mays papers

Identifier: IWA0645
Abstract Social worker and University of Iowa professor. Arrangement There are three videocassettes in the collection. "The Road Not Taken: A Retrospective" and "80th Birthday Party" (1994) VHS and 8mm. These two videocassettes are identical except for their format. They both represent a video version of Mays's scrapbook, including photographs not contained in Mays's papers,followed by filmed footage from her eightieth birthday party on June 4, 1994."At Arm's Length" and "Raw Footage of Louise Mays" (1992) VHS. This videocassette includes a documentary on aging in Iowa, produced by Mary Frances Evans, in which Mays participated. It is followed by the unedited interview with Mays. Other persons featured on the videotape are: Estelle Alleman, Margaret Allen, Betty Atwater, Margaret Bastian, MaryEllen Buck, Robert Buck, Eileen Dawson, King Dawson, Venita Ellison, B. J.Fedler, Harold Forrester, Mildred Forrester, Helen Gore, Wayne...
Dates: 1939-1997

Annette Lingelbach papers

Identifier: IWA0639

Journalist who wrote for Des Moines and Waterloo newspapers.

Dates: 1937-1996

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

Catherine Gayle Williams papers

Identifier: IWA0242

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

Dates: 1910-1991

Charlene Conklin papers

Identifier: IWA0004

Member of the Iowa House of Representatives,1967 to 1969, and the Iowa Senate, 1969 to 1973.

Dates: 1954-1981

Chauncey Depew Club records

Identifier: IWA0725

Des Moines women's club formed in 1897 to promote efficiency in extemporaneous speaking.

Dates: 1913-2005

Edith Sackett papers

Identifier: IWA0676

Schoolteacher and Iowa Mother of the Year, 1969.

Dates: 1959-1975

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

Ethel Reames papers

Identifier: IWA0673

Businesswoman who was the creator and proprieter of the Reames Noodle Company in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dates: 1954-1999

Icey Lenora Teel Harling papers

Identifier: IWA0238

Lecturer, author and playwright who ran the Teel School of Expression in Davenport, 1918-1934 and was later a writer and editor for the Durant News.

Dates: 1902-1973

Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling Papers

Identifier: MsC0170

Correspondence, speeches, articles, leaflets, clippings, scrapbooks and a sketchbook, mostly dealing with politics, conservation, or family affairs, assembled by newspaper cartoonist Ding Darling of The Des Moines Register. There are also some 6,000 original pen-and-ink cartoons drawn by Darling.

Dates: 1897-1962; Majority of material found within 1920-1949

John MacVicar Papers

Identifier: MsC0051

Record of expenditures for a farm located on Muscatine Island.

Dates: 1881-1952

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

Merle Armitage Papers

Identifier: MsC0558

Set designer, impresario, co-founder and manager of the Los Angeles Grand Opera Association, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, art director of Look and Quick magazines, and book designer. Correspondence, typescripts of Accent on Life and George Gershwin: Man and Legend, and files on other projects.

Dates: 1932-1965

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

National Association of Women in Construction, Des Moines Chapter scrapbook

Identifier: IWA0644

Organization to provide a forum for women in the construction industry to meet and exchange ideas.


One scrapbook, shelved in Box 1, oversize.

Dates: 1961-1964

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