IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
JEANNE BRIDENSTINE (1923- )
1 linear foot
ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 266) were donated in 1995 and subsequent years by Jeanne Bridenstine.
ACCESS: The papers are open for research.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
PROCESSED BY: Jennifer Holden, 1995 and Randel W. Lackore, 1996.
Jeanne Bridenstine, a mother of five and resident of Newton, Iowa, became active in Iowa politics in 1968 when she joined the Democratic Party in Jasper County, Iowa. Bridenstine was also a member of the Iowa Women's Political Caucus and the Iowa League of Women Voters. In 1972 she was elected chairperson of the Jasper County Democratic Central Committee and retained the position until 1974, when she was elected to a four-year term on the Jasper County Board of Supervisors. After an unsuccessful reelection bid in 1978, Bridenstine served two more terms from 1982 to 1990. She was elected chairperson of the board during her 1972 term. Bridenstine is married to Eugene Bridenstine, a school guidance counselor.
Scope and Content Note
The Jeanne Bridenstine papers date from 1970 to 1995 and measure 1 linear foot. The papers are arranged in three series: Personal, Jasper County Board of Supervisors and Women in politics.
The Personal series (1993-1995) contains one item, Bridenstine's 1993 Christmas letter.
The bulk of the collection consists of the Jasper County Board of Supervisors series (1970-1991) that documents Bridenstine's role as a three-term county supervisor. The series contains materials from Bridenstine's campaigns for office, some administrative minutes and correspondence, records of two court litigation's against the board and unbound scrapbooks of extensive newspaper clippings spanning Bridenstine's terms of office. A bright orange binder contains the journal she kept during 1975 and 1976. As the only women supervisor on the board, Bridenstine received little cooperation initially from the other two board members. Carrying the bright folder and writing entries convinced the others to become more cooperative when they felt their adversarial comments and actions were being documented.
The Women in politics series (1971-1984) contains material pertaining to Bridenstine's involvement in the Democratic party and in women's political caucuses in her community and the state.
Box no. Description
Christmas letter, 1993
Jasper County Board of Supervisors
Advertisements, 1974, 1978, 1982 and undated
Biographical sketches, 1982, 1986 and undated
Candidate profile booklet, 1982 and undated
Financial disclosure, 1986
News releases, 1974 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1982, 1990
Posters, undated [oversize: shelved in map case: drawer 1]
Speeches, 1986 and undated
Jasper County Free Press
Journal (orange binder), 1975-1976
Jasper County Auditor vs. Jasper County Board of Supervisors
Deposition exhibits, 1987-1990 and undated
Legal briefs, 1988
KCOB/KLVN Inc. and The Newton Daily News vs. Jasper County
Board of Supervisors vs. Jasper County Auditor
Correspondence, 1975, 1987, 1989-1990 and undated
Exhibits, 1975, 1988-1990 and undated
Legal briefs, 1989-1990 and undated
Newspaper clippings. 1990-1991 and undated
Minutes, 1987, 1990
Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (unbound)
1990 (2 folders)
Women in Politics
Correspondence, 1971-1972, 1974
Iowa Women's Political Caucus, 1973
Jasper County Women's Political Caucus newsletters, 1974-1975
Newspaper clippings, 1974, 1975, 1980-1981
Poster "Vote Mondale and Ferraro November 6," 
[oversized: shelved in map case: drawer 1]