IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

CORNELIA SHRAUGER DAY (1919-2004)

 

PAPERS, 1912-1995

6 linear feet

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The papers (donor no. 218) were donated by Cornelia Day in 1994 and succeeding years.

ACCESS:

The papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In box 11.

PROCESSED BY:

Natalie S. Brody, 1995 and succeeding years.

REVISION:

Jett, September 8, 1999. [DayCornelia.doc]


Biography

Cornelia Shrauger Day was born on May 7, 1919, the daughter of Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger and Harold Shrauger, Sr. of Atlantic, Iowa.  Her grandfather was Dr. H. J. Prentiss (1867-1931), head of the anatomy department at the University of Iowa; her grandmother, Lue Bradley Prentiss (1868-1922).  Day's brother was Harold Shrauger, Jr. (1916-2004) and her sister, Virginia S. Jones (1921-  ).  Cornelia Shrauger attended Atlantic High School and graduated from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1940 with a degree in journalism.  In 1940 she and (John) Robert Day, a law student at the university, were married.  Cornelia Day attended law school at the University of Georgia and Iowa.  Following her husband's service in World War II, the Days moved to Washington, Iowa, where she lives now.  Their two children, Dennis and Edward, were adopted in 1954 and 1957, respectively.

 

Cornelia Day worked as a journalist for the Washington Evening Journal from 1948 until 1951, when she began her illustrious career as a devoted community activist.  She was active, locally and nationally, in the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Planned Parenthood, and UNICEF.  She was deeply committed to numerous programs for social reform and was officially recognized for her outstanding contributions.  She was recognized as the YWCA Friend of the Child (1990) and was elected to the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame (1990). In 1995 the Days received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Iowa.

 

The Days hosted more than one hundred foreign visitors through the Experiment in International Living, a national program with headquarters in Vermont; the Foreign Leader Exchange Program of the U.S. State Department; the Rotary Club Foreign Student Exchange Program and the American Field Service Student Program.

 

Cornelia Day and her husband were inveterate travelers, having visited all fifty states and more than fifty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

             The Cornelia Day papers date from 1912 to 1995 and measure 4.5 linear feet.  The papers are arranged in seven series:  Biographical information, Family, Civic activities, Correspondence, Foreign visitors, Foreign trips, and Photographs.  The papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs of the Shrauger and Day families as well as materials highlighting Day's commitment to the local, national, and international community.

 

            The Biographical information series (1919-1990) includes background data about the donor, Cornelia Shrauger Day, and her husband, primarily from two bound pamphlets, one written on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary (1990), the other celebrating fifty years of Robert Day's law practice (1992).

 

            Correspondence, newspaper clippings and memorabilia of Cornelia Day's mother, Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger, and other family members comprise the Family series (1906-1980s).  Many of the clippings and much of the memorabilia were originally included in the two scrapbooks which were disbound for inclusion in the collection.

 

            Cornelia Day's social commitment is documented in the Community activities series (1962-1995) comprising information primarily about her involvement in the YWCA and Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa.  Materials from other organizations to which Day belonged, and histories she wrote of the Presbyterian church in Washington, Iowa, and the YWCA in that community complete the series.

 

            The bulk of the Correspondence series (1936-1994) is devoted to letters written by Cornelia Day to her parents, Cornelia and Harold Shrauger, Sr., from 1936 to 1973.  Letters from her husband, Robert Day, before their marriage in 1940 and many written during World War II from the Pacific, where he served as an officer in the United States Navy, are part of this series.  Also included are letters to Cornelia Day's father-in-law, Wilbur Day, and from her children, Dennis and Ed.  The entire set of the Christmas letters from Cornelia and Robert Day to their friends and family (1945-1994) completes the series.

 

            The Days' involvement with the international community is revealed in the Foreign visitors series (1963-1980) which documents, mostly in the form of correspondence, their participation in the Experiment in International Living and the Governmental Affairs Institute, a private cultural exchange organization in Washington, D. C.  Completing the series are individual folders for each of the more than sixty foreign visitors the Days hosted. They are arranged alphabetically.

 

            Itineraries, correspondence, brochures and diaries of their foreign visits form the Foreign travel series (1956-1993).

 

The Photographs series (1913-1990?) includes photographs of most of the Prentiss and Shrauger families, particularly of Cornelia Day's mother, Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger.  Many of the photographs were taken from the scrapbooks that were disbound to preserve them for the collection.

 

 

 


Box no.   Description

Box 1

Biographical information

Cornelia and Robert Day, 1919-2004

Cedar Rapids Gazette profile, December 14, 1994 [shelved in map case: drawer 5]

Family

Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger

Correspondence, 1912-1979 (scattered)

Newspaper clippings and memorabilia

1912-1916 (2 folders)

1922-1965 (scattered)

Harold and Cornelia Shrauger European trip, 1953

1970s and 1980s

Condolences on her death, 1985 (2 folders)

Lue Bradley Prentiss, 1906-1917

Henry Prentiss, 1931

Prentiss and Shrauger family newspaper clippings and memorabilia, 1912-1992 (scattered)

 

Box 2   

Community activities

YWCA

1964-1995

The First Seventy Years: The "Incomplete" Complete History of the Washington, Iowa YWCA [1995]

Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa, 1983-1992

Presbyterian Church History, Washington county, 1841-1989

Other local organizations, 1969-1995

 

Correspondence

Cornelia Day to parents, Cornelia and Harold Shrauger

1936-1939

1940-1943

1944

1945

1946

 

Box 3

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1959, 1950s and undated

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

Box 4

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1973

1984

Robert Day to Cornelia Day

1938-1939

1939?

February-May 1945

June-July 1945

August-September 1945

 

Box 5

October-November 1945

December 1945

January 1946 and undated

Christmas newsletters, 1945-1994

     Dennis and Diane Day to parents and grandparents, 1980-1982

Ed Day to parents, 1967-1982

Cornelia Day to the Wilbur Days

1942-1943

1944-1945

Other family and friends, 1927-1993 (scattered)

Foreign visitors

Experiment in International Living

Correspondence

1965-1967

1968-1969

1970-1971

1972-1974

Governmental Affairs Institute, 1962-1970

Other programs, 1972-1989

 

Box 6

Individuals, 1963-1980

A-M (33 folders)

 

Box 7

Individuals, 1963-1980

N-Z (33 folders)

 

Box 8

Foreign travel

Europe, 1956

Brussels World's Fair, 1958

Orient, 1968

Correspondence

Itinerary

Box 8

Europe, 1971 (3 folders)

Mediterranean, 1971 (2 folders)

 

Box 9

Africa, 1970 (3 folders)

South Pacific, 1973 (2 folders)

Around the world, 1974 (3 folders)

Russia and Eastern Europe, 1975 (2 folders)

 

Box 10

France, 1976 (2 folders)

England and Wales, 1977

Portugal and Spain, 1978

Asia, 1979 (2 folders)

Nile River, Finland, Germany, Poland, Estonia, South Africa, South America, 1981-1993

 

Box 11

Photographs

Henry Prentiss, his parents and sister, undated

Lue Bradley Prentiss and parents, 1883-1894, 1915 and undated

Lue Prentiss Childs and family, 1946, 1952 and undated

Robert Prentiss and Henry  J. Prentiss, Jr., 1919 and undated

Lilian Prentiss Schwarz, undated

Harold Shrauger, Sr. and Harold Shrauger, Jr., 1927, 1857, 1962 and undated

Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger

Trips

Iowa, Illinois, 1915

Eastern United States and Canada, undated

1913

1914

1915 and undated

Cornelia, Virginia and Harold Shrauger childhood, 1920s

1940s-1980s (scattered)

Friends, relatives, and unidentified, 1913-1973 (scattered) and undated