PAPERS, 1944-2005

29.25 linear feet





The papers were donated by Minnette Doderer in three accessions, the first in 1987 and subsequent years.


Users of the collection must review restrictions on use of correspondence related to abortion and sign the conditions of access form. [Located in donor file]


In Boxes 25, 35 and 53.


Catherine E. Rymph, 1992; Marnie Schroer, 1995; Sharon M. Lake, 2008; and Special Collections staff.





                Minnette Frerichs Doderer was born on May 16, 1923 near Holland, Iowa.  Her parents, John and Sophie Frerichs, later moved the family to Waterloo where Minnette Frerichs graduated from East High School in 1941.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) and, in 1948, received a BA in economics from the University of Iowa.  In 1944, she married Fred Doderer.  They raised two children, Dennis and Kay Lynn, in Iowa City. 


            Doderer was active in the Democratic Party beginning in the 1950s, serving as vice-chair of the Johnson County Democratic Central Committee from 1956 to 1959 and acting as chair and co-chair of many county, district, and state Democratic conventions.  One of the main issues she worked on was reapportionment.  She co-chaired Hubert Humphrey's Iowa presidential campaign, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and 1984. 


            Doderer was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1964 in a special election.  She served in the House from 1964 to 1968.  She served in the State Senate from 1968 to 1978. Doderer was House minority whip from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to act as president pro tempore of the Iowa Senate from 1975 to 1976.  In 1970 and 1978, she ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.  In 1981, she was again elected to the House, where she continued to serve until her retirement in 2000. 


            Doderer's committee work and the legislation she sponsored in the Iowa General Assembly relate to a wide variety of issues.  In particular, Doderer was active in promoting legislation relating to women's issues, such as the elimination of sexist language in the Iowa Code, gender balance in state commissions and gubernatorial appointments, comparable worth, gender equitable insurance, reproductive rights, and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  She also worked on issues such as public health, prison reform, benefits for the elderly, child and spouse abuse, juvenile justice, collective bargaining rights for public employees, and the treatment of alcoholics. 


            Doderer was involved in many organizations including the League of Women Voters, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, and the National Organization for Women.  In 1977, she chaired the Iowa delegation to the International Women's Year conference in Houston.  She was one of the organizers and charter members of the Iowa Women's Political Caucus.  In 1979 she was elected to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame and in 1989 (at the Hall of Fame ceremony of that year), she received the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice.  After her retirement, Doderer moved to Oaknoll Retirement Center in Iowa City, where she passed away in 2005.




Scope and Content Note


            The Minnette Doderer papers date from 1944 to 2005 and measure 29.25 linear feet.

Most of these materials relate to Doderer's activities as a member of the Iowa legislature, her role as a woman in politics, and her involvement with women's organizations.  The collection contains materials related to bills with which Doderer was involved, constituent correspondence (often with Doderer's replies attached), letters from other politicians (such as Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley, Walter Mondale, and Pat Schroeder), Doderer’s speeches, campaign materials, and extensive topical files.  The collection is rich in material relating to the early women's movement.


            Accession 1 of the Minnette Doderer papers (Boxes 1-30) contains material dating from 1944 to 1984 and measures 11.75 linear feet.  Accession 2 (boxes 31-44) dates from 1964 to 1991 and measures 5.5 linear feet.  Accession 3 (Boxes 45-52) dates from 1967 to 1992 and measures 3 linear feet.  Accession 4 (Boxes 53-75) dates from the 1970s to 2005 and measures 9 linear feet.




            The bulk of the material in Accession 1 dates from 1964 to 1979.  The files in this accession are arranged in one alphabetical sequence.  The accession contains extensive material on the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights as well as on the International Women's Year.




            Accession 2 dates primarily from the 1980s.  It is arranged in six series: Campaign files, Correspondence, Personal material, Photographs, Speeches, and Topical files and legislation.


            The Campaign files series (1966-1988) contains a variety of clippings, press releases, pamphlets, nominating petitions, and other documents relating to Doderer's election campaigns during this period.


            The Correspondence files series (1972-1990) incorporates Doderer's official correspondence, including letters from constituents and fellow politicians.  Copies of many of Doderer's replies are also included.


            The Personal material series (1964-1990) includes biographical information, appointment books, newspaper clippings, and Doderer's personal correspondence.


            The Photographs series (1964-1984) contains a selection of photographs, primarily of Doderer.


            The Speeches series (undated) consists of Doderer's notes for a variety of speeches, especially on the issue of comparable worth.


The Topical files and legislation series (1967-1991) encompasses a wide range of issues.  It includes both general resource files on issues such as adoption and the Democratic convention and resource files related to specific legislation on subjects such as groundwater (HF 606) and pari-mutuel racing (SF 92).  This series also contains information on other aspects of Doderer's political career and includes an oral history interview by Robin Stryker.




            Accession 3 contains material from the 1980s and early 1990s.  It is arranged in four series: Correspondence, Legislative career, Personal material, and Topical files and legislation.  The arrangement of Accession 3 varies somewhat from Accession 2 in that materials related to Doderer's career as a legislator, but not specifically connected to acts of legislation, have been organized into a separate series: Legislative career.  Previously, these folders were included in the Topical files and legislation series.


            The Correspondence series (1974-1992) consists primarily of letters from constituents along with some of Doderer's replies.  Topics discussed include parental consent laws for abortion, taxes, education, and the drinking age.  There are also a number of letters related to Doderer's speaking engagements and some congratulations and condolences regarding election results.


            The Legislative career series (1967-1992) documents aspects of Doderer's political career other than her involvement with specific acts of legislation.  One of the largest segments of this series involves the Equality in the Courts Task Force of which Doderer was a member.  Testimony for and reports by this task force provide a rich source of information on gender and racial discrimination in the court system.


            The Personal material series (1975-1992) is comprised of Doderer's appointment books, mostly from the 1980s, and a small selection of her personal correspondence.


            The Topical files and legislation series (1972-1992) includes general resource files and materials related to particular acts of legislation.  For this accession, the bulk of this series consists of materials on the topic of gender equity in insurance. 




            The bulk of the materials in accession 4 date from the mid-1980s to 2000. The papers are arranged in eight series: Biographical information, Campaigns, Correspondence, Legislative sessions, Newspaper clippings, Speeches, Speech materials, and Topical files. 


            Most of the papers in this accession have been retained in their original order and folders.  As a result, the files overlap a good deal and include many duplicates.  For example, topical files often contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and sometimes speeches.  The titles and dates Doderer wrote on the folders are necessarily consistent with the folder contents.  Thus, the organization of the papers provides a rough guide only, and researchers would be well-advised to do a thorough search of Doderer’s papers to unearth all documents related to a particular event, topic, or piece of legislation.


            The papers in the Biographical information series (1970s-2005) consist largely of files kept by Doderer labeled “Personal,” which include newspaper clippings about Doderer, invitations, thank-you notes, correspondence from friends and constituents, notices of events in which Doderer participated, and other miscellaneous items.  This series also includes obituaries of Doderer and her husband, Fred.  The folder on the Daum family includes “Railroad Widow,” the reminiscences of an elderly pioneer woman about her life in Iowa as the wife of a section hand on the railroad during the late nineteenth century.  (Daum is the maiden name of Doderer’s mother-in-law.)  A photograph of Doderer playing tennis against Billie Jean King for a fundraiser in the 1970s completes the series.


            The Campaign series (1964-2000) includes materials related to Doderer’s campaigns, mainly from 1986 to 1998.  It includes brochures, strategy notes, information on fundraising events, donor lists, nomination papers, display ads from newspapers, and letters to the editor.  The series is organized by election year, and many folders include information on the campaigns of other local, state, or national Democratic candidates.  The series includes details on the races in which Doderer faced serious opposition—the general elections of 1992 and 1994, and the primary of 1996. 


            The Correspondence series (1970s-2000) includes both constituent and personal mail.  The series is organized chronologically.  It includes thank-you notes, letters of appreciation, and letters in which constituents share their views on everything from abortion to taxes to tort reform.


            The Legislative sessions series (1993-2000), organized chronologically, includes a smattering of reports and issue briefs written by the research staff of the Democratic Party, copies of Doderer’s bills, lists of Doderer’s bills, pages from the House Journal, and summaries of legislative sessions. 


            The items in the Newspaper clippings series (1960s-2000), arranged chronologically, date mainly from the 1990s.  Most include reference to something Doderer did or said in the legislature.  The series includes articles praising Doderer or reporting on awards she received.  Some articles do not mention Doderer, but discuss people or events in which she took an interest, especially articles about the Democratic Party and the Iowa General Assembly. 


            The Speeches series (1968-2000) contains notes, outlines, and handwritten comments or speeches made by Doderer.  The speeches are organized chronologically, and many folders also include materials Doderer used in preparing the speech.


            The Speech materials series (1990s) consists of newspaper clippings, magazine or journal articles, and reports from which Doderer drew information for her speeches.  The series is organized by topic.  The materials on women are especially voluminous and contain resource materials on issues such as gender equity in insurance, reproductive health, women and work, and a research paper titled “Women in the Iowa Legislature: A 1986 Update.”


            The Topical files series is the largest series in this accession, accounting for more than half of the total records in the fourth accession.  The series is organized alphabetically by topic.  It includes a wide range of materials such as newspaper clippings, articles from magazines or journals, bills, constituent mail, legal opinions, information from advocacy groups, editorials, reports, research materials, and notes by Doderer.  Many files contain information related to other topics.  For example—the folder on alimony contains information related to divorce; the folder on child support is related to both alimony and divorce; and the folder on dram shop is related to drunk driving.  The most extensive materials relate to the topics of abortion, guns, health insurance, taxes, and issues related to women.


            Abortion:  The abortion materials include policy reports from advocacy groups, (mostly, but not exclusively, pro-choice organizations), newspaper and magazine articles, handbooks on strategies for reproductive freedom, government reports, legal opinions, law journal articles, newsletters from pro-choice and pro-life groups, correspondence, and materials from religious groups, both pro-life and pro-choice.  Materials in the series relate to parental notification laws; a bill to require statistical reporting on abortions in Iowa; and the US Supreme Court decisions Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 1989 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992 (Doderer signed an amicus brief filed by state officials in Casey).  Other issues addressed include late-term abortions, partial-birth abortions, adolescent pregnancy, abortion for minors, RU 486, Hyde amendments, gag rules, the shooting of Dr. Gunn, safety of abortion providers, and fetal rights.  Some folders contain headings that broadly describe their contents.


            Adoption: Materials address issues such as adoption by gays, cross-racial adoptions, and fathers’ rights.


            Alimony: Debates and constituent mail about a proposed bill to limit alimony payments to a certain length of time. 


            Divorce: Iowa’s no-fault divorce law and the economic consequences of divorce for women and children.


            Drugs: Information on drug testing by employers and mandatory sentencing for use of methamphetamines.


            Earth Summit: 1992 United Nations international conference on environmental issues, which Doderer attended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


            Equal Rights Amendment: These material mainly relate to the successful 1998 campaign to amend the Iowa constitution by adding “and women” to Article I in the Bill of Rights.  The amendment was regarded by feminists as a partial victory—women were finally in the Iowa constitution, but no enforcement provisions were added. 


            Gun control study and Guns:  A substantial collection of materials on the issues of gun violence and gun control in the 1990s that includes newspaper and magazine articles, reports and newsletters from organizations advocating gun control, constituent mail, and research on gun violence conducted by health care providers and the US Department of Justice.  Issues addressed include waiting periods for permits, the Brady Bill, carrying concealed weapons, and banning assault weapons.  The gun control study folders relate to legislative and citizen committees that Doderer served on and worked with in the wake of the 1991 shooting on the UI campus and includes information on the gun control bills Doderer introduced.    


            Health, Health insurance, and Insurance: Materials in these folders address how to reform health care systems, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health insurance for children, gender equity in health insurance, Medicare, a patient’s bill of rights, and unscrupulous practices by insurance companies.  Also includes Doderer’s testimony (circa 1994) before the Iowa Insurance Division regarding the use of gender as a rating factor for small group health insurance. 


            Judicial nominating commission: These materials related to debates about the composition of the commission, specifically, gender balance and parity between the political parties. 


            Kitty Kruse: Includes information about a contentious child custody dispute circa 1990.


            Liability: These materials deal with whether or not the sellers of alcohol should be liable for actions committed by those who have purchased alcohol.  (See also dram shop.) Also includes materials related to tort reform and medical malpractice.


            National Conference on State Legislatures: This folder contains materials on comparable worth.  (See also pay equity.)


            National Women’s Conference Center: These materials focus on preparations for the1995 UN conference on women in Beijing, China. 


            Pay Equity: This includes a report prepared in 1987 on Iowa’s comparable worth plan, handwritten remarks Doderer prepared for a talk on how the Iowa legislature passed comparable worth, and a copy of the report submitted to the legislature by the comparable worth review committee, which Doderer co-chaired, in 1984.  The folder also includes an academic report titled “Comparable Worth and the Structure of Earnings: The Iowa Case” written in 1987.


            Prisons: The majority of the materials relate to issues pertaining to Iowa’s women prisoners.  The lawsuit folder contains legal documents regarding an unsuccessful equal protection lawsuit filed on behalf of Iowa’s female prisoners.  Among the materials in the Mitchellville folder are letters from women prisoners about the problems they face and reports about the Mitchellville facility.


            Sexual assault:  Folder 1 includes a report by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Hauserman titled “Exemption of Sexual Assault Victims from Electronic News Coverage in Court,” which is undated but appears to have been written around 1985 or 1986.


            Taxes:  This extensive collection of materials addresses a wide range of issues including the Iowa minimum tax, tuition tax credits, sales tax, the Reagan tax cuts, tax credits for public and private schools, inheritance taxes, tax exemptions for nursing homes, and tax incentives for business such as IPSCO.  Several folders relate to tax issues Doderer worked on as a member of the Ways & Means Committee such as property taxes, sales taxes, tax cuts, tax reform, and corporate taxes.


            University of Iowa: This includes the decision issued by Judge Harold Vietor, US district judge for the southern district of Iowa, in the sexual harassment case of UI faculty member Jean Jew.


            Voters for Choice: This contains information about Voters for Choice, an organization that ran conferences for pro-choice candidates and gave them suggestions on how to reach and turn out choice voters.


            Voting records: Included are listings of how Iowa legislators voted on certain bills, compiled by ASFCME, Kids First, Iowa Aging Coalition, student organizations, women’s organizations, Iowa State Educational Association, ICLU, Economic Progress for Iowa’s Citizens, I-CAN, and the AFL-CIO.

Summary Contents List

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Alphabetical file, 1944-1984 (Boxes 1-30)


Campaign files

1966, 1968, 1977-1980 (Box 6)

Lieutenant governor campaigns, 1970, 1977-1978 (Box 22-25)

1966-1988 (Box 31)

1986-2000 (Boxes 53-55)



1944-1984 (Boxes 10-15)

1972-1990 (Boxes 31-33)

1974, 1978-1992 (Box 45)

1970s-2000 (Boxes 55-56)


Personal material

1968-1990 (Boxes 33-35)

1975, 1981-1992 (Boxes 47-48)

1970s-2000 (Box 53)



1964-1967, 1983-1984 (Box 35)



Speeches and speech material, 1966-1982 (Boxes 28-29)

Undated (Box 35)

1968-2000 (Boxes 57-58)


Topical files and legislation

1962-1991 (Boxes 36-44)

1972-1992 (Boxes 48-52)

1980-2000 (Boxes 63-75)


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Box 1






Clippings, 1969-1982 (folders 1-3)


Box 2

Clippings, 1969-1982 (folders 4 and 5)

Conscience clause




January-February, 1969

March, 1969

April-December, 1969



Box 3




Feticide issue, 1974-1977

Legislation, 1969-1981

Mandatory reporting, 1979-1982

National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) (printed material), 1971-1982


Box 4

Notes and speeches by Doderer, undated

Planned Parenthood (printed material), 1969-1981


1969-1982 (printed material)

Undated (printed material)

Pro-life (printed material), 1978-1981

Reproductive rights resource kit (National Organization for Women), 1981

Research material



Social Services regulations (including a letter from Jim Leach), 1977-1978

Supreme Court decisions, 1971-1976


Box 5

Amish School exemptions, 1966

Appointment calendars, 1960-1982 (5 folders)

Battered women, 1975-1979

Biographical information (Minnette Doderer), 1969-1979

Birth defects, 1967-1982


Box 6



Clippings, 1968

Expenses, 1968

1980 (including letters dating from 1977-1980 from: Donald D. Avenson, Archibald Cox, Laurence LaFore, John Culver and Robert D. Ray)

Clippings, 1980

Campaign manual (Democratic State Central Committee), 1974?

Capitol Planning Commission, 1975-1976

Child abuse


Clippings, 1969-1977

Citizens Conference on State Legislatures (White House Award), 1974-1975

Civil Service (merit system), 1966-1967

Clippings, 1953-1964 (2 folders)


Box 7

Clippings, 1965-1969 (4 folders)


Box 8

Clippings, 1969-1973 (5 folders)


Box 9

Clippings, 1974-1979 (6 folders)


Box 10

Clippings, 1981-1984

College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, 1965-1981

Commission for the Blind, 1969-1970

Common Cause, 1978-1980

Conference for Women State Legislators (The Eagleton Institute of Politics), 1972

Conservation Commission (Plum Grove), 1966

Constituents meetings--Iowa City (including a letter from Tom Riley), 1972-1973

Constitutional convention (campaign publicity--including letters from Edward J. McManus and Herschel C. Loveless), 1959-1961


1944-1967 (including letters from Virgil M. Hancher, Vance Bourjaily, and Howard R. Bowen)

1968-1969 (including letters from Hubert H. Humphrey, Melvin D. Synhorst, Eugene J. McCarthy, Harold E. Hughes, Lawrence F. O'Brien, and Howard R. Bowen)

1970-1972 (including letters from George McGovern and Harold E. Hughes)


Box 11


1973 (including letters from Arthur Neu, Willard L. Boyd, and Gregory D. Cusack)

January 1974 (including a letter from Gregory D. Cusack)

February 1974

March 1974

April-December 1974 (including letters from George R. Kinley and Willard L. Boyd)

January-March 1975 (including letters from John Culver and Dale T. Crosier)


Box 12


April-December 1975 (including letters from Gerald R. Ford)

1976 (including letters from Willard L. Boyd and Richard C. Turner)

January-February 1977

March 1977

April-December 1977


Box 13


January-March 1978

April-December 1978 (including letters from John C. Culver, Terry E. Branstad, Dick Clark, and Joan Orr)

1979 (including letters from Arthur A. Neu, Willard R. Boyd, Leslie Moeller, Dorothy Moeller, John C. Culver, and Neal Smith)


January-February 1981 (including a letter Robert D. Ray)

March-April 1981 (including letters from Willard L. Boyd and Jim Leach)

May-December 1981 (including letters from Tom Tauke, Charles E. Grassley, Tom Harkin, Cooper Evans, James O. Freedman, and Neal Smith)



Box 14


January-March 1983 (including letters from Berkley Bedell and Lynn Cutler)

April-December 1983


Undated (including a letter from Harold E. Hughes) (folder 1)


Box 15


Undated (folder 2)

Cosmetology, 1969-1973

Court reform, 1965-1972

Criminal justice



Clippings, 1973-1981

Data Law Company, 1980

Democratic Advisory Council, 1969-1975

Democratic National Convention (including letters from Hubert H. Humphrey and Eugene J. McCarthy), 1967-1968 (2 folders)


Box 16

Des Moines Register polls, 1973-1978

Dirksen Amendment, 1966

Discriminatory Employment Practices Study Committee, 1975-1976

Dissolution of marriage bill, 1973


Community schools, 1972-1973

Merged area schools, 1969-1972

School lunch bill, 1970

Equal Rights Amendment



Undated (2 folders)

Anti-ERA, 1972-1980


Box 17

Clippings, 1972-1982 (3 folders)






Extension (including a letter from Jim Leach), 1977-1978

Extra-curricular activities bill, 1967

General assembly, 1969-1970

General files

1964-1965 (2 folders)


Box 18

General files

1966-1977 (12 folders)


Box 19

General files

1978-1983 (6 folders)

Gridiron Club, 1974-1976

Gubernatorial inauguration ceremonies, 1975

Health (nursing and custodial homes), 1969-1977

Health insurance, (HMOs), 1969-1973 (2 folders)

Housing and urban development--job of regional administrator (including letters from John C. Culver and Tom Harkin), 1977

Humphrey, Hubert H., 1968

Immunization law, 1975-1978

International Women's Year


Clippings, 1977-1978


Box 20

Continuing Committee on the National Women's Conference, 1978-1981

Houston Women's Conference, 1977

Iowa Coordinating Committee, 1976-1977 and undated (3 folders)

Iowa Women's Meeting--final report, 1977

Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, 1972-1975

Iowa High School Athletic Associations, 1972-1982


Box 21

Iowa Liquor Control Commission, 1964

Iowa Training School for Girls (Mitchellville, Iowa), 1967-1976

Iowa Women's Political Caucus


Tennis exhibition, 1976

Iowa World Trade Center, 1984

Jackson, Glen, 1974

Jepsen, Roger, 1970

Job applications, 1978-1979

Joint custody--divorce, 1980-1982


Box 22

Judicial retirement and pensions, 1966-1974

Juvenile justice, 1975-1982 (3 folders)

Krause, Robert, "The Fulton-Doderer Campaign in Eastern Iowa--A Think Piece," undated

Labor, 1970

Legislative session, 1979-1981

Lieutenant governor campaigns

1970 Campaign

Advertisements and receipts, 1970

Clippings, 1970

General, 1970


Box 23

Correspondence (including letters from John C. Culver and Neal Smith), 1970

Northway, Karen--"Doderer for Lieutenant Governor," undated

1978 Campaign

Clippings, 1977-1978 (3 folders)

Contributions complaint, 1978

Correspondence, 1977-1978 (including letters from David R. Nagle and Louise Noun) (2 folders)


Box 24

1978 lieutenant governor campaign

Finances, 1978

Fundraising lists, 1978

Miscellaneous, 1977-1978 (2 folders)

Mullen, John--speeches, 1978

Notebook #1, Parts 1 and 2 (2 folders)

Notebook #2, Part 1


Box 25

1978 lieutenant governor campaign

Notebook #2, Part 2


Schedule [shelved in map case]

Lobbyists, 1972-1979

Marriage and married students, 1965-1973

Meat inspection, 1965

Motorcycle helmet bill, 1974-1975

National Democratic Women's Conference, 1962, 1966

National Order of Women Legislators, 1972-1980

National Society of State Legislators, 1965-1968 (2 folders)

National Women's Conference (official briefing book), 1977

Nixon/Agnew, 1972

Pari-mutuel betting, 1983

Pathology/Radiology, 1975


Police chiefs’ bill, 1973


Box 26

Professional and occupational licensing

Applications, undated

Cosmetology, 1971-1972

Iowa Board of Nursing, 1972

Iowa State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, 1972

Study committee, 1972-1977 (2 folders)

Public Employment Study Committee, 1973-1977

Real estate, 1970




Box 27

1967-1978 (includes history of reapportionment in Iowa written by

the League of Women Voters of Iowa)



Clippings, 1964-1981

Renal disease, 1969-1970

Roads (safety), 1966-1977

Rotunda report, 1974

Russian trip, 1983-1985

School budget review, 1968-1970

Security hospital, 1965-1969


Box 28

Senate campaign, 1972 (2 folders)

Sex discrimination, 1978

Speech pathologists and audiologists, 1974-1975

Speeches and speech materials



Campaign issues, undated

Ellsworth Community College Commencements, 1978

Quad Cities Training Center (local government training center), 1979


Box 29

Social workers, 1978

University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979

Women's issues, 1976-1980

Stephens College, 1976-1979

Swisher, Scott, 1964

Tax laws, 1965-1967

University of Iowa

Law building, 1982

School of Journalism, 1971

School of Religion, 1971-1974

Vestal, David D.--"Fetal Viability in Iowa Abortion Statutes" (research paper), 1983

Vietnam Bonus Bill, 1971-1974

Vietnam War, 1967-1969

Voting age, 1968-1970

Voting record, 1974-1977

Voting restrictions, 1968-1970

Ward bill, 1967


Box 30



Challenge, 1972

Iowa's six-girl basketball, 1978-1982

Maternity leave issue, 1970-1977

Women in elective and appointive office, 1976-1979

Women in politics, 1969-1977

"Women in Politics" (Iowa State University course taught by Minnette Doderer), 1979

Women in prisons, 1975-1978

Women's advisory committee, 1971-1973

Women's Campaign Fund, 1979





Box 31

Campaign files












1985 (2 folders)

1986 (3 folders)


Box 32

1987 (3 folders)

1988 (2 folders)

1989 (3 folders)


Box 33



Grassley, Charles

Harkin, Tom

Other politicians


Personal material

Appointment Books

1968, 1969

1970, 1972

1974, 1979



Certificates, 1967-1989


Box 34

Clippings, newspaper



1975 (scrapbook)

1981-1990 (10 folders)

Cristine Wilson Award, 1989


Box 35




1984-1990 (7 folders)


University of Iowa Libraries

National Order of Women Legislators--Rosters, 1988-1989

People's Bank and Trust, personnel policy

Programs and flyers (2 folders)


Photographs, 1964-1967, 1983-1984 and undated




Box 36

Topical files and legislation

Adoption, 1985-1986

Affirmative Action

General, 1969-1984

Clippings, newspaper, 1986-1989

State employees, 1973-1975

State employee discrimination suits, 1973-1975

University of Iowa



Agent Orange

Agricultural land productivity

Board of Regents

Appropriations, 1984-1990

Clippings, newspaper, 1986-1989

Early retirement, 1989-1990

Child Care, 1987

Civil Service

General, 1970-1981

Veteran's preference


Box 37

Comparable Worth


Board of Regents (2 folders)

Bruner, Charles--Implementation Proposal

Clippings, newspaper, 1975-1986

Constituent correspondence, 1984-1986

Legislative materials



1984 (3 folders)


Box 38

1985 (6 folders)


Other states

Statements to the Joint Subcommittee on Equal Pay, 1982



Box 39

Steering committee, contract for services

Stryker, Robin--oral history interview with Doderer


Center for American Women and Politics, 1983

Center for Disease Control, 1984

Women and Science

Democratic Convention, 1984

Domestic abuse, 1987

Education block grants

Equal Opportunity Commission

Groundwater (HF 606), 1987

Harkin, Tom--Senate race, 1983

Health care--general

Health care costs

Clippings, 1972-1986

Health Policy Corporation of Iowa


Box 40

Indigent patients

Joint Subcommittee, 1982

Miscellaneous (2 folders)

Iowa Health Insurance Program--constituent correspondence, 1988-1989

Iowa Public Retirement Systems (IPERS)


1984-1985 (2 folders)



Box 41


1990 (2 folders)

Constituent correspondence, 1985-1990


Box 42

Data base, 1980

Statements to IPERS Study Committee, 1985

Judiciary and Law Enforcement Subcommittee

Juvenile Justice (HF 2454), 1984-1986

Legislative sessions





Box 43

Merit Employment Subcommittee, 1981

Optometric Practice Act, 1987

Pari-mutuel betting (SF 92)

Pari-mutuel betting--constituent correspondence, 1983

Prescription drugs, 1983





Redistricting maps, 1991

Riverboat Gambling (SF 124)--constituent correspondence, 1989

Sexual abuse

Social Services Block Grants

Tax amnesty


Box 44

Tax legislation



Title IX

General, 1969-1981


University of Iowa Hospitals

Bond, 1983

Miscellaneous, 1981-1986

University of Iowa Laser Center

Warm Beer Bill, 1985



Credit--newspaper clippings

Democratic National Committee Delegates, 1967-1972

Iowa Women's Legislative Caucus

National Forum for Women

National Women's Conference Committee

Social Security--clippings, 1975-1989






Box 45



1974, 1978-February 1991

March 1991-January 1992

February 1992-March 1992

April 1992-August 1992 and undated

Health tax (HF 570), 1985


Legislative career

Candidate biography, undated

Clippings, 1967, 1983, 1989-1992

Conferences and lectures, 1979, 1984, 1988-1989, 1991

Legislative Issues Forum, 1992


Box 46

Equality in the Courts Task Force

Appointment, 1990

Agendas and minutes, 1991-1992

Clippings, 1985-1986, 1991-1992

Committees, 1991-1992

Correspondence, 1991-1992

Interim report, 1992

Resource materials, 1981, 1983

Surveys, 1992


Public hearings, 1991





Box 47


Campaign bank statements

July 1981-February 1988

March 1988-December 1991

Disclosure reports



Notes and account pages, 1988-1990 and undated

Fisher committee on budget, 1991-1992

Legislative reports

From Democrats, April-July 1992

From Doderer, April-September 1992

Summaries, undated

"A Political Dialogue," 1987-1988, 1990

Speaker Pro tem position, 1990

Speech notes, 1985, 1987, 1988 and undated

Women's Hall of Fame induction, 1979



Personal material

Appointment books

Calendar, 1975

Date books



Box 48



Correspondence, 1980-1981, 1985, 1987-1991 and undated


Topical files and legislation

Abortion, 1973, 1989, 1991-1992 and undated

Center for Policy Research roundtable, 1991

Comparable worth, 1983-1985

Correspondence, 1983-1986, 1989-1990

Domestic violence and child abuse, 1980-1981, 1985, 1991 and undated

Clippings, 1975-1976, 1981-1985, 1987-1992

Gay civil rights (HF 351), 1989, 1991-1992


Annuities, 1988-1989

Disability, 1983, 1988-1989 and undated

Funeral (HF 2524 and 2537), 1988-1990 and undated

Lawsuits, 1989


Box 49

Gender equity

Clippings, 1984, 1988-1989

Conferences, 1988 and undated

Contact lists, 1986, 1988-1989 and undated


Department of Commerce--Insurance Division, 1988-1990 and undated

General and lobbyists

1986, 1988-August 1989

September 1989-1991 and undated

Elimination of Discriminatory Insurance Practices Study Committee

Bibliography, 1988

Final report, 1989

Minutes and agendas, 1988

Testimony, 1988-1989


Box 50


Iowa, 1989 and undated

Outside Iowa

California, 1988-1989 and undated

Massachusetts, 1987-1988

Montana, 1987-1989

New York, 1985, 1987

Various states, 1983-1985, 1988-1989

Maternity, 1989-1990

Nongender based insurance study committee

General, 1989

Final report, 1990

Minutes and agendas, 1989

Testimony, 1989 and undated

Notes and speech materials, 1989 and undated


Box 51

Public policy analysis, 1989

Resource files

ACLU, 1987-1988

Economic Equity Act, 1981

Gray, Mary, 1983, 1987-1989 and undated

Grinnell Mutual, 1982-1983 and 1987-1988

NOW, 1983, 1985, 1988-1989 and undated

Strategies for the Elimination of Sex Discrimination in Private Insurance, 1985

Study of Insurance Practices that Affect Women, 1975

TIAA-CREF, 1983, 1988-1989

Medical malpractice, 1988-1990

Well-baby care (HF 2062), 1978, 1989-1990 and undated

Juvenile court records, 1992 and undated


Taxation (HF 2349 and HF 2543), 1988-1991 and undated

Resource file, 1978, 1988-1990 and undated

Probate (HF 291, HF 292, HF 475, and HF 679), 1972, 1974-1975, 1978-1980 and undated


Box 52

Correspondence, 1973-1975, 1981-1984, 1986

Rape, 1985, 1987-1991 and undated

Salaries, 1983, 1987-1990

Sexism, 1986, 1988 and undated

Sexual exploitation by therapists, 1991

Sexual harassment and stalking, 1986-1987, 1991-1992






Box 53


Obituary and memorial, 2005

General, 1986-2000

Awards, 1992-1999

Personal, 1970s-2000 (6 folders)

Who’s Who listings, 1960s-1990s

Daum family, 1997 and undated

Fred Doderer (husband) and Dennis Doderer (son), 1947-1998

Dubuque roast Bob Carr, 1987

Photographs, 1990, 1992, and undated



Brochures, 1964-1980s

Map of Doderer’s district, 1977

1978 lieutenant governor race

1980 Carter campaign


Box 54





1992 (3 folders)

1994 (3 folders)

1996 (folders 1-5)



Box 55


1996 (folders 6 and 7)






1980s (3 folders)


1993-1994 (2 folders)




Box 56



1998 (2 folders)



2000, retirement




1993-2000 and undated (9 folders)


Box 57


Retirement, 2000

1960s-1980s and undated

1990s (2 folders)



“Government Health Services on the Local Level,” 1968

Wartburg speech during Women’s History Month, 1987

Speech about the US Constitution, [1987?]

Accepting the Christine Wilson Medal, 1989

Stock speech on Iowa legislature, 1990s

American Association of University Professors, 1990

 “Introduction to Public Administration;” “Breaking Down

       Walls;” and receiving award for helping families, 1990

Financial Women International, 1990

Trade union women’s school, 1991

Midwest School for Women Workers, 1992

Introduction for Tom Harkin, 1992

Iowa Women’s Archives dedication, 1992

Introduction for Gloria Steinem, 1996

“Transitions,” 15th anniversary of Senior Center, 1996

Recipients of pregnancy prevention grants, 1996

Final speech, 2000

“Rhetoric and Politics,” undated

Speech on volunteering, undated



Polk County Women’s Bar Association, 1989-1994

Labor, 1990s

Politics, 1994-1996




Box 58


Starr symposium on women’s international issues, 1999

Women, 1979-1997 (6 folders)

Miscellaneous (2 folders)



Abortion, 1985-1998 (folders 1-2)


Box 59

Abortion, 1985-1998 (folders 3-6)


Box 60

Abortion, 1985-1998 (folders 7-14)


Box 61

Abortion, 1985-1998 (folders 15-24)


Box 62

Abortion, 1985-1998 (folders 25-30)

Adoption, 1990-1996 (2 folders)

Administrative rules, 1996-1997

Affirmative action, 1989-1996 ( 2 folders)


Box 63


Alimony, 1999

Branstad, Governor Terry, 1983, 1986

Chamber, 1997

Child abuse, 1990-1993

Child support, 1989-1992

Civil rights, 1980-1991 (2 folders)

Coalition for Brighter Communities, 2000

Constitutional convention, federal, 1978-1983

Constitutional convention, Iowa, 1949-1968

Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

(CEDAW), 1985-1998

Death penalty, 1995-1998 (folder 1)


Box 64


Death penalty, 1995-1998 (folders 2-4)

Divorce, 1976-1999 (3 folders)

Domestic violence, 1992-1997 (2 folders)

Doves, 1997-1998

Box 65


Dram shop, 1990-1992

Drugs, 1989-1999 (2 folders)

Drunk driving, 1990

Earth Summit, 1992 (2 folders)

Education, 1981-1997 (2 folders)

Equal Rights Amendment, 1982-1998 (folders 1-4)


Box 66


Equal Rights Amendment, 1982-1998 (folders 5-6)

Equality in the Courts Task Force, 1993

Federal employees, 1989-1994

Fetal alcohol syndrome, 1989-1991

Gay rights, 1992-2000

Gender balance on state commissions

Global Walk for a Livable World, 1992


Box 67


Guardian ad litem, 1993

Gun control study, 1992-1994 (4 folders)

Guns, 1990-2000 (5 folders)


Box 68


Health, 1994-1997

Health insurance, 1991-1998 (5 folders)

Immigration, 1996

Insurance, 1990-1998 (2 folders)

Internal Relations Committee of the Legislative Council, 1995-2000

Judicial nominating committee, 1986

Judicial pensions, 1986-1993


Box 69


Kruse, Kitty, 1989-1992

Liability, 1983-1986

Lieutenant governor, 1986-1991

Motorcycle helmet law, 1993

National Conference of State Legislatures, 1992-1993

National Women’s Conference Center, 1994-1995 (2 folders)

Older Iowans Legislature, 1998-2000

Pay equity, 1977-1993 (2 folders)

Pregnancy, 24-hr discharge, 1993-1997 (folder 1)


Box 70


Pregnancy, 24-hr discharge, 1993-1997 (folders 2-3)

Prison lawsuit, 1981-1995

Prisons, 1996-1999

Prisons, Mitchellville, 1994-1995

Privatization of state services, 1995-1999

Same-sex marriage, 1995-1998

Schlafly, Phyllis, 1982-1992

Sex discrimination in private clubs, 1990-1992

Sex offender register, 1997-1998

Sexual abuse, 1994

Sexual assault, 1986-1991 (folder 1)


Box 71


Sexual assault, 1993 (folder 2)

Sexual harassment, 1988-1999

Shoot fighting, 1997-1998

Taxes, 1981-1998 (folders 1-9)


Box 72

Taxes, 1981-1998 (folders 10-18)


Box 73


Teens’ alternatives to pregnancy, 1995

Term limits, 1992-2000

Thomas, Clarence, 1996

Tobacco, 1997-1998 (2 folders)

Tort reform, 1993-1995

University of Iowa

Board of regents, 1994

Colloton appointment, 1989

Dental hygiene, 1991-1992

Jean Jew sexual harassment case, 1990-1991 (2 folders)

Larson, Chuck, 1993

Nurses, 1994

Regents Merit System, 1993

State auditor report, 1990

Utility regulations, 1997-1999

Viagra, 1999                                                                                  

Vilsack, Governor Tom, 1995-2000

Voters for Choice, 1994


Box 74


Voting records, 1980-1997 (2 folders)

Welfare reform, 1996-1998

Wills and trusts for women, 1999-2000

Women, 1996-2000

Women’s Foreign Policy Council trip to Mexico, 1988

Women’s health

General, 1990-1999 (2 folders)

Mammograms, 1989-1993 (folder 1)


Box 75


Women’s health

Mammograms, 1989-1993 (folders 2-3)

Fibrocystic breast condition, 1992

Women’s legislative caucus, 1986-1993

The Women’s Memorial, 1994

Women’s organizations, 1989-2000

Women’s publications

International Women’s Rights Action Watch, 1994

Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, 1999

Women’s Environment & Development Organization, 1998, 2000

“The State of the States for Women & Politics,” 1995

“Executive Summary of the Family Supports Roundtable,” 1991

“Voices, Views, Votes: The Impact of Women in the 103rd Congress,”


“CAWP Forum for Women State Legislators,” 1995

Membership Roster of the National Order of Women Legislators,


“Impact of Female Legislators on Policy Making, “ 1995