IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
DOROTHY CARPENTER (1933- )
2.5 linear feet
ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 381) were donated by Dorothy Carpenter in 1996.
ACCESS: The papers are open for research.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
PROCESSED BY: Randel W. Lackore, 1997.
Dorothy F. Carpenter, a legislator and community volunteer, was born in 1933 in Ismay, Montana, to Daniel and Mary Ann George Fulton. She graduated from Custer County High School in Miles City, Montana, in 1951 and attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, receiving a B.A. in 1955. She married Thomas Ward Carpenter that year; they had two children, Mary and James.
Carpenter taught elementary school in Texas from 1955 to 1957 and in Iowa in 1958. She was active in the Episcopal Church, the League of Women Voters of Metro Des Moines, and Planned Parenthood of Iowa; from 1977 to 1980 she served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Carpenter, a Republican, was elected to the Iowa General Assembly in 1980. During her fourteen years in the Iowa House of Representatives, Carpenter served on several committees, including Ways and Means, Education, State Government, and House Administration and Rule. She was the Assistant Minority Floor Leader from 1980 to 1988. Carpenter retired from the General Assembly in 1994.
The Dorothy Carpenter papers date from 1979 to 1995 and measure 2.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in two series: Correspondence and Legislation. A curriculum vita is filed in the first folder.
The Correspondence series (1985-1992) contains letters from constituents, as well as Carpenter's replies, on issues of taxation, abortion and other topics. The series also includes one file of correspondence between Carpenter and Iowa's delegates to the United States Congress.
The Legislation series (1979-1995) contains four categories abortion, education, ethics, and state employee pensions.
Box no. Description
Curriculum vita, 1996
Seventy-first General Assembly, 1985-1986
Seventy-third General Assembly, 1988
Seventy-fifth General Assembly, 1990
Seventy-seventh General Assembly, 1992
United States Congressmen and Senators, 1981-1991 [Iowa delegation]
"Facts On Reproductive Rights: A Source Manual," 1990
Parental consent summaries, 1990-1993
Parental notification, 1990-1994 and undated
Episcopal Church's position on abortion, 1989-1990
Right to life, 1989-1990
Statistical reporting, 1981-1989
Pro-choice Iowa Republicans political action committee, 1991-1992
University of Iowa Early Termination of Pregnancy Clinic state funding,
Vote counts, 1989-1994
Collective bargaining, 1983-1985
Des Moines Independent Community School District 1984-1989
Home schooling, 1985-1989
Merged area schools, 1986
Merit pay for teachers, 1983-1984
Reorganization of school districts, 1982
School aid formula, 1994
Shared programs, 1984-1985
Special education, 1981-1986
Urban education network, 1985-1990
Advisory opinions, 1987-1994
Background information, 1986-1993
Rewrite ideas, 1992
Iowa's ethics laws, 1992-1995
"Ethics, Quality and Organizational Change" presentation by
Michael Josephson, 1994
Iowa General Assembly policies, 1993-1994
General information, 1994
Currently retired dividends, 1993
Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS)
Legal discussion, 1993
Regular protection occupations, 1994 and undated
Sheriffs and deputies, 1993-1994
Judicial retirement system, 1988-1993
The Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System, 1994
Pension [sub]committee, 1991
Pre-tax provision, 1991-1994
Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), 1991-1994
Teacher's Insurance Annuity Association-College Retirement Equity Fund
State Government Committee, 1993-1994