5 linear inches (3 volumes)
ACQUISITION: The scrapbooks (donor no. 182) were donated by Lenabelle Bock.
ACCESS: The scrapbooks are open for research.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has been transferred to the
PROCESSED BY: Jill Jack, 1994.
Lena Belle Bock was born June 30, 1904 in
Bock was politically active for over
twenty-five years before her election to the Iowa House of Representatives. Her
activities included memberships on the
Stressing the impact of legislation on
women's lives, particularly in the area of taxes and industrial growth, Bock, a
Republican, campaigned for and won the House seat for
Bock served two terms in the legislature, from 1960 to 1964. During her tenure she was appointed to eight committees: Agriculture, Board of Control, Institution of Higher Learning, Motor Vehicles and Trucks, Commerce and Trade, School Libraries and State Education, State Planning and Development, and Roads and Highways. Bock was also involved in the remodeling of the House and Senate Chambers.
The Lena Belle Bock papers consist of three scrapbooks, measuring 5 linear inches and date from 1960 to 1981. The scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper clippings that cover Bock's legislative career (1961-1964) and various political issues. Also included in the scrapbooks are small amounts of correspondence, photographs, political memorabilia, conference programs (National Order of Women Legislators, September 19-22, 1961 and the Family Life Conference, April 13, 1963), political satire, and fabric swatches from the remodeling of the House and Senate Chambers.
Among the issues addressed in the newspaper clippings are Bock's election and legislative career, the death penalty, liquor by drink, women in politics, education, reapportionment, and the remodeling of the House and Senate. The collection also contains Bock's newspaper column, "From the desk of..," which she wrote for the Garner Leader, dating from 1961 to 1964.
The correspondence in the scrapbooks consists for the most part of congratulatory letters on Bock's election and her work in the legislature. Also included is a letter and poem from the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs addressing Bock's legislative career and women's role in politics.
The photographs are primarily of Bock, her female colleagues in the legislature, and other political figures.
Box no. Description
1960-1981 [shelved in map case; drawer 5]