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TITLE:»

SUBTITLE:»MARY DICKENS (1925- )

 

»PAPERS, 1991-1993 and undatedDATES:»

7 items

»QUANTITY:»

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »papers (donor no. 430) were donated by Mary Dickens» in 1997.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Kate Jones, 1997.

 


 

»Biography

Mary Dickens is a Waterloo community activist and poet.  Born August 20, 1925, Dickens grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi and spent 23 years in Chicago before moving to Waterloo in 1974.  Her community involvement began in Chicago when she organized community residents and worked with mayor Richard Daley to get a swimming pool for their neighborhood.  In Waterloo, she volunteers at four nursing homes and has been active in Habitat for Humanity, Operation Threshold, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA,) Waterloo Women’s Civic Club, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Methodist Church, among other organizations.  She headed Waterloo’s National Night Out celebration for several years.  Dickens’s service to her community also includes baking her famous pies and other treats for area shut-ins, school children, and the Salvation Army.

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Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The papers date from 1991» to 1993 and consist of seven items».  The »materials are comprised of newspaper clippings and poems.  The newspaper clippings are photocopies of newspaper articles about National Night Out in Waterloo, dating from 1992, and an article, circa 1991, about Dickens’s baking for shut-ins.  The collection also includes photocopies of Dickens’s poems.  The first, “Just Say ‘No’ to Drugs,” is photocopied from Great Poems of Our Time» (Maryland, National Library of Poetry, 1993).

 

 

 

Related Collections

 

            United Sisters of Black Hawk County records.  Dickens is a member of this organization.»