PAPERS, 1937-1990

(bulk 1970-1985)

3.5 linear feet

and audiovisual material


ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 140) were donated byMargaret Davis Collison in 1993.

ACCESS: The papers are open for research.

AUDIOVISUAL: Two audiocassettes shelved in audiocassette collection (AC119-AC120).

COPYRIGHT: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


PROCESSED BY: Stuart Hinds, 1993 and Kirsten Clark, 1994.



          Margaret Davis Collison, a Democratic party activist and member of the Iowa Board of Regents in the 1970s, was born in Missouri, the daughter of F.W. Davis. Collison received an Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1940, and a B.S. in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 1943. It was here she met Robert M. Collison, and the two were married in 1943. The raised eleven children, in Oskaloosa Iowa, where the Collisons continue to reside.

          Margaret Collison was chosen to sit on the Iowa Board of Regents in 1971. This body governs the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa School for the Deaf, and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. During her tenure on the Board, Collison dealt with many issues concerning each of these institutions, from dormitory and dining provision to hiring administrators to collective bargaining for faculty. Her term ended in 1977.

          Collison was active politically and socially as well. She was a member of the League of Women Voters of Iowa; the Board of Directors of the Oskaloosa Retirement Homes, Inc.; the Festival Guild of Ames, Iowa; and the Board of Curators of Stephens College. She was actively involved in Roxanne Conlin's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of 1982 as a coordinator of polling volunteers. She worked on an oral history project, "Conversations with Three Women of the Heartland", a documentary of the lives of Mary Louise Smith, Dora Wilson, and Bernadine Pieper. Collison also attended and participated in numerous conferences, including "Iowa in the World Economy", "The Way Up" #I & II, "Racism: A Women's Issue", and "Building Math Confidence".


Scope and Content Note

         The Margaret Davis Collison papers measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1937 to 1990. The papers are divided into three series: Personal, Board of Regents, and Political. The bulk of the papers document the issues occurring during Collison's tenure on the Iowa Board of Regents.

         The Personal series (1937-1989) contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, newspaper clippings relating Collison's family and personal life, and several photographs. Also included are subject files detailing a large portion of Collison's non-regential activities, including conferences she was involved in and boards on which she served.

         The Board of Regents series (1970-1981) consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence and of subject files which outline topics addressed by the Board. Papers concerning important issues dealt with during Collison's tenure including collective bargaining, credit by examination, dormitory and dining services, equal employment opportunity, and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School can be found in this series.

         The Political series (1966-1982) is made up of materials concerning Collison's political activity, the bulk consisting of items from the Roxanne Conlin gubernatorial campaign. These provide an interesting contrast to the Roxanne Conlin papers (also held by the Iowa Women's Archives), in that they present detailed activities of the people who performed the laborious work of the campaign, as opposed to the more formal materials of the candidate herself.



Box no. Description

Box 1
                               Correspondence, 1962-1989 and undated
                               Newspaper clippings, 1971-1972, 1974, 1988 and undated
                               Subject files
                                   Advisory Board, College of Home Economics, Iowa State University,                                                  1978-79 and undated
                                   Arts events, 1972-1975 and undated
                                   Building Math Confidence Workshop, 1984, 1988
                                   Carter Administration and the E.R.A., 1979
                                   Church newsletters and articles, 1970-1972, 1990
                                   Citizens and Neighbors of C Ave. East, 1978 and undated
                                   "Conversations with Three Women of the Heartland" Oral History Project
                                           Audiocassettes [shelved in audiocassette collection]
                                                Conversation with Dora Wilson (incomplete), undated (AC 119)
                                                Conversation with Myrtle Elwood, undated
                                                     (AC 120 with microcassette)
                                   Creighton University Annual Commencement, 1977
                                   Diocese of Davenport, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1986 and undated
                                   Festival Guild, Ames International Orchestra Festival Association
                                   Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, 1974-1975

Box 2
                                   Iowa Humanities Board, 1982, 1986 and undated
                                   Iowa in the World Economy Conference, 1984
                                   Oskaloosa Retirement Homes, Inc., 1977 and undated
                                   Presidential Agenda Project, 1989
                                   "Racism: A Women's Issue" Conference, 1985
                                   Resume and family information, undated
                                   St. Louis University School of Nursing Research Day, 1983
                                   Stephens College
                                         1939, 1975-1989 and undated
                                         Notebook, undated
                                   The Way Up (I and II) conferences, 1983-1984

                       Board of Regents
                               Correspondence, 1971-1972, 1975-1976 and undated
                               Scrapbook, 1972-1979 [oversize: in box 8]
                               Subject files
                                   Academic Building Revenue Bonds, 1972-1974
                                   Academic Planning Seminar, 1976
                                   Affirmative Action 1972 and undated
                                   A.G.B. Questionnaire for Self-Study, 1977
                                   Alcohol policy on campus, 1972 and undated
                                   Auditors' Reports
                                   Board of Regents--role, description, directory, 1971-1973,
                                         1981 and undated
                                   Budget, 1974-1975, 1977
                                   Burge Hall, University of Iowa, 1972

Box 3
                                   Collective Bargaining
                                         1973, 1975-1976
                                         1977 and undated
                                   College of Criminal Justice Proposal, 1972
                                   College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 1976
                                   College of Medicine, University of Iowa
                                   College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 1971-1972, 1976
                                   Committee on Education of the Multiply-Handicapped, 1971
                                   Continuing and extension education

Box 4
                                   Continuing education
                                         1973-1976 and undated
                                   Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Conference, 1976
                                   Credit by examination, 1972-1973
                                   Degree programs offered, 1971
                                   Discrimination on campus, 1972
                                   Dormitory and dining services
                                         Newspaper clippings, 1973, 1975 and undated
                                   Education Commission of the States, 1977
                                   Employment relations, 1975 and undated
                                   Equal Employment Opportunity
                                         Newspaper clippings, 1973 and undated
                                   Equality of women
                                         General, 1972, 1974-75 and undated
                                         Newspaper clippings, 1973-1974, 1976 and undated
                                   Extension education

Box 5
                                   Faculty constitution, University of Northern Iowa, 1971-1972, 1975
                                   Faculty/staff policies, 1972
                                   Gateway Hills Project, Iowa State University, 1976
                                   Governance, 1971-1973, 1976 and undated
                                   Graduate study in Iowa, 1973
                                   Higher Education Study Committee
                                         1971-1972, 1976
                                   Institutional policies, 1972 and undated
                                   Institutional statistics, 1972-1976, 1982
                                   Insurance, 1972-1973, 1976
                                   Interinstitutional Committee for Equal Employment Opportunity, 1972-1973
                                         and undated
                                   Interinstitutional Committee on Educational Coordination, 1973-1974
                                   Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School
                                         1970-1972, 1976
                                         1977 and undated
                                   Iowa City downtown traffic planning, 1972
                                   Iowa Coordinating Council for Post-High School Education, 1976
                                   Iowa Mental Health Authority
                                         1973 and undated
                                   Iowa School for the Deaf, 1972-1973, 1976-1977
                                   Iowa State University Stadium, 1976 and undated

Box 6
                                   Legal Action
                                   Liaison-Advisory Committee on Transfer Students, 1975
                                   Liberal Studies Degree Program, 1975 and undated
                                   Library Statement, Iowa State University, 1976
                                   Married student housing, University of Northern Iowa, 1972-1974 and
                                   Medical issues [newspaper clippings], 1971-1973 and undated
                                   Merit System Pay Plan, 1972-1973, 1975-1977 and undated
                                   Non-traditional education, 1973-1975
                                   Nursing program, University of Iowa, undated
                                   Organization and function of affiliated organizations of Regent Universities,
                                   Personal conduct/ethics regulations, 1973, 1975, 1977
                                   Public Administration Service, 1972 and undated
                                   Regional Educational Cooperation, 1973-1975 and undated
                                   Residency and tuition status, 1970-1973 and undated
                                   Special Education Committee, 1976
                                   State Board of Regents legislative requests, 1973-1975
                                   Stephen Ford legal case, 1971-1972
                                   Student activity fee, 1971-1974 and undated
                                   Student membership on the Board of Regents, 1971-1972 and undated

Box 7
                                   Student policies, 1970-1976 and undated
                                   Title IX violations, 1976 and undated
                                   raffic and parking regulations, University of Iowa, 1971
                                   Universities Program Abroad, 1973-1974
                                   University of Iowa/Iowa State University football series, 1973, 1977
                                   University of Mid-America, 1974-1976
                                   Women in engineering, 1972, 1974, 1976
                                   Women's issues in Iowa, 1970, 1974-1975 and undated
                                   Women's Week, 1974-1975 and undated
                                   World Food Conference, Iowa State University, 1976
                                   Hughes, Harold E. 1966-1967
                                   Common Cause, 1973
                                   Conlin, Roxanne Gubernatorial Campaign
                                         Campaign personnel, undated
                                         Canvassing, 1982
                                         Gubernatorial Raw Audit, Iowa Democratic Party, 1982 [oversize: in
                                               box 8]
                                         Interest group programs, 1982
                                         Lists of volunteers' names, 1982
                                         Mahaska County Democratic Platform Committee Report, 1982
                                         Memoranda from campaign officials, 1982
                                         Newspaper clippings, 1982
                                         Notes, undated
                                         Precinct Leaders' Handbook, undated
                                         Polling Records
                                               Democrats [who] Voted [in] '78 or '80 Primary
                                                     Precincts Adams through Oskaloosa 2, 1982
                                                     Precincts Oskaloosa 3 through White Oak, 1982
                                               Democrats [who] Voted [in] Some School or Muni[cipal], 1982
                                               Iowa Democratic Party, Registered
                                                      Independents Not Surveyed
                                                     Precincts Adams through Oskaloosa 3, 1982 [oversize: in box
                                                 Precincts Oskaloosa 4 through White Oak, 1982 [oversize in box
                                               Priority 3 Voters
                                         Targeting formula, Mahaska County, 1982 [oversize: in box 8]
                                         Voter registration kit, 1982
                                   Iowa Political Caucus, Spring Creek Precinct/Township, Mahaska County,                                         1972
                                   Iowa Women's Political Caucus, 1973-1974, 1982 and undated
                                   League of Women Voters of Iowa, 1974, 1979-1980, 1985-1988
                                   Vogel, David Campaign Literature, undated

                               Personal, 1937, 1947, 1985, 1989 and undated
                               Noun, Louise, 1974 [shelved in map case: drawer 2]

Box 7
                       Board of Regents scrapbook, 1972-1979
                               Subject files
                                   Conlin, Roxanne, gubernatorial campaign
                                         Gubernatorial Raw Audit, Iowa Democratic Party, 1982
                                         Polling Records
                                               Iowa Democratic Party, Registered Independents Not Surveyed
                                                     Precincts Adams through Oskaloosa 3, 1982
                                                     Precincts Oskaloosa 4 through White Oak, 1982
                                               Targeting Formula, Mahaska County, 1982