CORNELIA SHRAUGER DAY (1919-2004)
6 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 218) were donated by Cornelia Day in 1994 and succeeding years.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the
Natalie S. Brody, 1995 and succeeding years.
Jett, September 8, 1999. [DayCornelia.doc]
Cornelia Shrauger Day was born on May 7, 1919, the
daughter of Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger and Harold Shrauger, Sr. of
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
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
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
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
Cornelia and Robert Day, 1919-2004
Cedar Rapids Gazette profile, December 14, 1994 [shelved in map case: drawer 5]
Cornelia Prentiss Shrauger
Correspondence, 1912-1979 (scattered)
Newspaper clippings and memorabilia
1912-1916 (2 folders)
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)
The First Seventy Years: The "Incomplete" Complete History of
Planned Parenthood of
Presbyterian Church History, Washington county, 1841-1989
Other local organizations, 1969-1995
Cornelia Day to parents, Cornelia and Harold Shrauger
1959, 1950s and undated
Robert Day to Cornelia Day
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
Other family and friends, 1927-1993 (scattered)
Experiment in International Living
Governmental Affairs Institute, 1962-1970
Other programs, 1972-1989
A-M (33 folders)
N-Z (33 folders)
South Pacific, 1973 (2 folders)
Around the world, 1974 (3 folders)
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
Eastern United States and
1915 and undated
Friends, relatives, and unidentified, 1913-1973 (scattered) and undated