IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

LAURA F. HUTCHISON DAVIS (1916-1993)

 

 

PAPERS, 1880, 1918-1993

 (bulk 1937-1985)

8.75 linear feet and audiovisual material

 

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The papers (donor no. 132) were donated by Joyce Nielsen in 1994.

ACCESS:

The papers are open for research, except for all tax and income records which are closed until January 1, 2004.

AUDIOVISUAL:

Three audiocassettes (AC275, AC360 and AC361) located in the audiocassette collection.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In boxes 6, 18 and 19.

PROCESSED BY:

Randel W. Lackore, 1995 and 1997. [DavisLaura.doc]

 

 

 

Biography

Laura Francis Hutchison Davis, social worker and community volunteer, was born in Webster County, Iowa, on October 26, 1916, one of eleven children.  Her formal education began in 1922 in a rural public school and ended when she became the first graduate of the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) School of Social Work in 1950.  In the field of social work, Davis held positions as case worker, case consultant, instructor and program planner.

 

            Laura Hutchison received her undergraduate education at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earning her bachelor's degree in 1938 before starting to work for the Linn County Relief Department.  She married Lloyd L. Davis, a Linn County road engineer, in 1942.  They had no children.  As the first child welfare worker in the county in 1943, she established daycare centers for mothers employed in war plants during World War II.

 

            President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty brought a change in how assistance to the needy was provided, including the creation of community action programs that encouraged low-wage earners to become involved in the effort to end economic hardship.  Davis began to work as a case consultant for the Linn Economic Action Project (LEAP) in 1965.  She was promoted to program planner in 1968 when LEAP merged with the Johnson County Community Action Program and was renamed the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).

 

            Volunteer service characterized Davis's contribution to others.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) (1962-1965), United Community Service (1963-1964), the Geneva Corporation and Foundation (1965-1979) and the Family Services Agency (1959-1965), all in Cedar Rapids.  On the state level Davis served on several Governor's commissions, most notably the Iowa Commission for Senior Citizens (1960-1962).  Davis chaired the Social Services Committee of this commission and was a delegate to the 1961 White House Conference on Aging.

 

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            The Laura H. Davis papers date from »1880 to 1993 and measure 8.75 linear feet.  The »papers »are arranged in »five series: »Social work; Clubs, church and civic groups; Education; Personal; and Financial records.  This collection provides a glimpse of one woman's role in social welfare from Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s to the period following Johnson's war on poverty of the 1960s.

 

            Davis's professional life is illuminated through the Social work series (1942-1985 and undated).  The series documents her role in various positions, from paid caseworker to her voluntary membership on community boards and task forces.  Davis worked to start a Family Service Agency in Cedar Rapids and this effort is documented by a report in 1956 and through her involvement with the committee that hired the first director of the agency.  The topical speeches and notes provide insight into Davis's views on child welfare, the elderly and the community's role in the life of all individuals.  The series also contains Davis's notes and the policy statement she wrote for the 1961 White House Conference on Aging.

 

            Davis was involved in her community through volunteer activities that closely corresponded with her professional social work.  The Clubs, church and civic groups series (1880-1989 and undated) documents her connection with the Red Cross, YWCA, Quota Club and the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids.  Through her church, Davis volunteered as the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Geneva Corporation and Foundation which built the thirteen-story retirement apartment building, Geneva Tower, in downtown Cedar Rapids.  The series includes three booklets entitled Topics for Prayer Meetings that date from 1880s.

 

            The Education series ([1928]-1993 and undated) contains records of Davis's education from primary school to the graduate level, with notes and papers she wrote for grade school through her master's degree in social work.  The series also includes the outlines and lecture notes Davis used for the classes in community organization and sociology she taught at Mount Mercy College and St. Luke's School of Nursing located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Davis was interviewed by the University of Iowa School of Social Work in 1988 as part of an oral history project.  The transcript of this interview provides insight into the changing public view of social work from the 1930s through the 1950s.

 

            Davis's domestic and married life are represented in the Personal series (1918-1993 and undated), which includes extensive correspondence with family and friends.  This series also includes papers and letters to and from Lloyd Davis during World War II.  There is one folder of victory mail (V-mail), used to minimize the bulk of mail delivered and to expedite delivery during the war.  The series has many photographs of Davis and family members.  The photograph album of Davis's maternal aunt, Bessie C. Thompson, depicts Thompson's life as a young school teacher in 1918 in Iowa and Wyoming.

 

 

The Financial records series (1891-1993) contains Laura Lloyd Davis' personal tax records and estate papers of relatives.  This series is closed to researchers.

 

 

 

Related Collections

 

Mrs. Lloyd (Laura) Davis Collection, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City

 

 


Box no.   Description

 

Box 1

Social work

Social agencies

Council of Social Planning

Board of Directors

Correspondence, 1955-1959, 1963, 1965 and undated

Minutes, 1955-1959, 1962

Committee on Care for the Aged

Correspondence, 1955-1959

Minutes and program reports, 1955-1956

History, 1962 and undated

"Note on the Council of Social Planning," 1955

Family Service Agency

Board of Directors

Correspondence, 1957-1962

Minutes, 1959-1965

Personnel committee

Notes and reports, 1959-1963

Personnel policy and practices, [1962]

Search for first Director of the agency: correspondence

1959

1960

Study committee

"Chronological Report of Activities Related to Securing a Family Service Agency in Linn County," 1956

Minutes, 1956, 1959

Notes and survey results, undated

"Range and Emphasis of a Family Service Program," 1963

Homemaker services, 1961-1962 and undated

Heritage Agency on Aging

Abstract of the Area Ten Agency on Aging, [1973]

Advisory council minutes

1973-1974

1975

1976

Assessment report, 1974

 

Box 2

By-laws and constitution, undated

Care review committee report, 1980

Handbook, 1978

Introduction to the Heritage Agency on Aging

Advisory council

Task force

Nutrition council

Task force minutes

Nutrition council minutes

Policy study group on the elderly of the Regents' institutions in Iowa

Nursing home standards

Public hearing results

Task force evaluation

Iowa regional conference on aging, 1974

Linn County task force

Appointment to the task force, 1979-1985

By-laws, undated

Minutes

1972-1974

1975

1976, 1978

 

Box 3                          

News releases, 1973, 1976-1977

Notification of grant award, 1973

Nutrition program, 1973-1975

Progress reports, 1974

Statistics on the elderly in the Heritage Agency on Aging area, 1973

State Tuberculosis Sanatorium

Annual report, 1951

Correspondence, 1951-1953

Monthly social services reports, undated

Training outlines, 1951

Office of Civilian Defense

Day care, 1942-1943 and undated

United Community Service (UCS)

Correspondence, 1963, 1965, 1980

Community Action Programs (CAP)

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP)

Comments on CAP mission objectives, 1968

Fifteenth anniversary, 1979-1980

History, 1968

Merger of HACAP and LEAP programs, 1967-1968

United Community Service (UCS) (cont.)

Community action programs (CAP) (cont.)

Linn Economic Action Project (LEAP) (cont.)

Notes on organizational structure and purpose, 1972 and undated

Personnel action, 1966-1979

Program planning, 1971 and undated

Saving HACAP, 1973

Staff training, 1966, 1968-1972

Linn Economic Action Project (LEAP)

Adult basic education, 1965

Case work reports, 1965-1969

Neighborhood centers, 1966-1968 and undated

Staff meeting notes, 1966 and undated

Staff training, undated

 

Box 4

Community needs, 1965

"History of Jane Boyd" committee, 1979-1980, 1986 and undated

Human services planning resource center, 1980-1981

Health services

Comments on the financing of the Mental Health Center of Linn County, 1957 and undated

Evaluation committee report, 1977

Maternal child health grant for expansion into rural Linn County, undated

A proposal for the administrative structure of the Health Service Center, Linn County, Iowa, 1967

Report to committee on health services to the medically indigent, 1976-1977

Conferences and commissions

Conference on the Status of Women, 1965

White House Conference on Aging

Correspondence, 1960-1961

Family life and social service work group

Notes and policy statement, 1961

News release, 1960

Linn County survey, 1957-1963

Governor's special commissions

Aid to dependent children, [1946]

Alcoholism, 1960

Conferences and commissions (cont.)

Governor's special commissions (cont.)

Employment of the physically handicapped, 1957-1959

Iowa Commission for Senior Citizens, 1960-1961 [oversize appointment certificate closed for conservation]

Juvenile behavior, 1958

Professional associations

Iowa Welfare Association, 1944-1949, 1953, 1961-1968 and undated

National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 1951, 1958-1961, 1972, 1975, 1981-1982 and undated

Speeches and notes

Adoption, 1949 and undated

"Case work: Definition, Attitudes, Treatment and the Family," undated

Child development, undated

Child welfare service, undated

Community priorities, undated

"The Content of the Liberal Education," undated

"Growing Up and Growing Old," undated

"Inadequacy, Jealousy, Alcohol and Aging," undated

Juvenile delinquency, 1945

"People and Puzzles," 1967

Public health nursing, undated

 

Box 5

Clubs, church and civic groups

American Red Cross, Linn County Chapter

Disaster Committee, 1966-1967, 1985-1987

Home Service Committee, 1942, 1963-1966

United Community Service Committee, 1962-1964, 1970

Volunteer recognition, 1982, 1989

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Board of Deacons

Budget material, 1962

Resource for Deacons, 1982-1983

Geneva Tower

Beginnings

Introduction and history, [1971]

Board of Directors for retirement home in downtown Cedar Rapids

Correspondence, 1967

Membership, 1967

Board of Directors for retirement home in downtown Cedar Rapids (cont.)

Resolution recommended to the Presbytery of Northeast Iowa, 1967

Housing for the aged committee, 1967

Summary of Cedar Rapids housing survey, 1967 and undated

Geneva Corporation

Administration

Articles of incorporation, 1967-1972

Board of Directors

Minutes

1967-1972

1973-1979

Retirement, 1980

Brochure development, undated

By-laws, 1970

Correspondence

1966-1969

1970-1974

1976-1979

Directory of tenants, 1973

Management program and staff manual, 1970-1971

Newspaper clippings, 1968-1974 and undated

Personnel relations committee, 1972-1978

 

Box 6

Construction

Builder's risk insurance quotes, 1970

Dedication service, 1971

Ground floor area plan, 1971

Photographs of construction, 1970-1971

Solarium addition plan, undated

Timetable for construction, 1967-1968

Finance

Audits

1971-1972

1974-1977

1978-1979

Deed and mortgage modifications, 1972, 1978

HUD contract, 1976-1977 and undated

Income and expense reports, 1970, 1979

Geneva Foundation

Articles of incorporation, 1968

Audits, 1975-1979

Board of Directors minutes, 1968-1978

Religious education

Bible class notes, 1965 and undated

"God Himself is With Us," selected worship aid, 1982

Topics for prayer meetings, 1880-1881, 1889

 

Box 7

Quota Club of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

By-laws committee, 1974-1976

Committee appointments, 1958, 1963-1968, 1976

Membership classification, 1945, 1949

Service committee, 1966-1967 and undated

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Cedar Rapids and Linn County, Iowa

Board of Directors, 1962-1965

Evaluation committee, 1946

Industrial committee, 1939 and undated

Program planning committee, 1963-1964 and undated

 

Education

Primary

Composition book (6th grade), [1928]

Diploma (8th grade) [closed for conservation], 1930

Spelling certificates [closed for conservation], 1929-1930

Secondary

English, 1932 and undated

Geometry, 1932

Latin, undated

Nutrition, undated

Sewing, 1931

Undergraduate (Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Course work

Abnormal psychology, 1937

English 1R, 1934

English 203, 1934

French, undated

General economics, 1936

Geology log, 1937

Old testament history, 1934

Psychology, 1935

Restoration English, 1938

Diploma, 1938

 

Box 8

Grades, 1937-1938

Graduation, 1938

Reunion memorabilia

Twenty-fifth, 1963-1964

Forty-fifth, 1983 [includes group photograph]

Fiftieth, 1988

Fifty-fifth, 1993

Graduate

Loyola University

Advanced social casework, 1940

State University of Iowa

Correspondence, 1968, 1979-1980, 1983, 1990-1991

Course work

"Old school"

Casework theory, 1939

Child welfare, undated

Field work supervisors, 1941

Social administration, 1939-1940

Social casework, undated

Social insurance

Class notes, 1939

"The Iowa Old Age Assistance System," 1939

"New school"

Advanced psychiatric social work, 1950

Community organization, 1950

 

Box 9

Culture and personality, 1949

Education in human relations, 1948-1949

Methods of social research, 1949

Psychodynamics, 1949-1950

Public welfare services, 1949-1950

Social case work

Assignments, 1949-1950

Class notes, 1949-1950

Examinations, 1949-1950

Social group work

Analysis of family group, 1949

Class notes, 1949

Diploma, 1950

 

Box 10

Thesis notes, 1949

Transcript of grades, 1950

Twenty-fifth anniversary of the University of Iowa School of Social Work, 1975

Teaching

Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Community organization, 1964-1967

Social services, 1970-1974

Saint Luke's School of Nursing (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Sociology, 1945

 

Personal

Awards, 1960-1989

Biographical information

Birth certificate, 1976

Joyce Nielsen's activity log with the Davises, 1992-1993

Memorial service, 1993 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC360]

Correspondence

1918-1929

1930-1933

1934-1935

1936-1937

1938-1939

1940

1941

Folder 1

 

 

 

Box 11

Folder 2

World War II

Incoming

Davis, Lloyd (husband)

1942

July-September

October-December

1943

1944

1945

Friends and family

1942

January-May

June-September

October-December

1943

1944

1945

 

Box 12

Outgoing

Davis, Lloyd (husband)

1942

January

February

July-August

September-October

November-December

1943

Folder 1

 

Box 13

Folder 2 (V-mail)

1944

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950-1953

1954-1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

 

Box 15

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

 

Box 16

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

 

Box 17

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

Letters to legislators, 1983-1986

1990

1991

1992

1993

Undated

Box 18

 

Family

Davis, Lloyd L. (husband)

Incoming correspondence

1942

1943

1944

1945

Military documents, 1942-1945

Memorial service, 1993 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC361]

Souvenir currency

European currency, undated

German reichmarks, undated

North African francs, undated

Genealogy

Davis family, undated

Dice family, undated

Hutchison family, 1986-1992 and undated

Straume family, undated

Stromme family, 1973-1978

Thompson family, undated

Townsend family, undated

Marriage certificates, 1942

Oral history interview by the Junior League of Cedar Rapids

Interview, 1984 (45 minutes) [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC275]

Transcript, 1984-1985

Oral history transcript State University of Iowa, School of Social Work, 1988

Recipes, undated

Resume information, 1941-1978 and undated

Photographs

Davis, Laura, 1942 and undated

Davis, Laura and Lloyd L., [1941-1942], 1967, 1976 and undated

 

Box 19

Davis, Lloyd L.

Civilian life, 1924-1928, [1941], 1969 and undated

Davis, Perry M. family, [1906] and undated

World War II

France, 1941 and undated

Germany, 1945

North Africa, 1944 and undated

Recruit training, [1942]

Friends, 1946-1979 and undated

Moorehead family album, 1869-1905

Thompson, Bessie C. (aunt)

Album, 1918 and undated

Dallas, Texas, 1949-1950

Thompson, Laura (mother), undated

 

Box 20

[CLOSED]

Financial records

Estate papers

Davis, Lloyd L., 1993

Davis, Millie, 1942-1943

Davis, Perry M.

Deeds and mortgages, 1891-1896, 1943

Probate documents, 1941-1946

Hutchison, Bessie C., 1964-1966

Hutchison, Glen, 1967-1992

Hutchison, Ida M., 1987

Hutchison, John, 1957

Hutchison, John J., 1991-1993

Hutchison, Kenneth J., 1978

Hutchison, Tom J., 1982-1993

Woodside, James H., 1965-1966

Donations, 1943, 1977-1985

 

Box 21

Last will and testament, 1991-1993

Revocable living trust, 1991-1993

Tax records

1937-1944

1945-1949

1950-1954

1955-1959

1960-1964

1965-1969

Estate papers

1971-1974

1975-1979

1980-1984

1985-1988, 1992

Social security payments for housekeepers, 1965-1967, 1980-1982