IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
LOIS H. EICHACKER (1932- )
1 linear foot
The papers (donor no. 357) were donated by Lois Eichacker in 1996 and succeeding years.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
In box 2.
Natalie S. Brody, 1997 and 199; Shawn Averkamp, 2009.
July 23, 1999, Bobby Jett, version WORD7.
Lois Ann Eichacker was born on November 25, 1932, in Keokuk, Iowa, the third of Lillie G. Harper and Dr. Harry D. Harper's five children. She attended St. Joseph's School and graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1950. After attending the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa, she graduated from Ohio State University in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in general social studies. From 1957 to 1959 she worked as a therapist at Columbus (Ohio) Psychiatric Hospital for Children. In 1960 Eichacker was employed as a caseworker at the Cook County Psychopathic Hospital in Chicago. She married George Eichacker, former chairman of the board and president of Keokuk Federal Savings and Loan Bank. They have three children.
Eichacker spent her professional career at the Southeast Iowa Community Action Organization, Inc. (SEICAO), a four-county agency of the federal government's Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1967 she was appointed the agency's coordinator in Lee County. She became the neighborhood center director for SEICAO in 1970, two years later, the Deputy Director and in 1974, the executive director. After fifteen years in that position, she retired in 1989. The Iowa Community Action Neighborhood Center in Fort Madison was named in her honor.
Among her numerous organizational positions, Eichacker has served as chair for the Iowa Commission on Community Action Agencies; vice chair of the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the University of Iowa Black Alumni Association; and president of the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Board of Directors (1995.) Eichacker was the first African American to serve as president. In 1997 she was appointed to the Friends Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Libraries. She has been active on many state boards and councils, as well as Community-action State, regional and national associations. Honored widely for her contributions to her community and the state, Eichacker was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.
Scope and Content Note
The Lois H. Eichacker papers date from approximately 1905 to 2006 and measure 1 linear foot. The bulk of the collection dates from 1984 to 1998. The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical information, Correspondence, Community activities, State of Iowa, University of Iowa, and Photographs. The collection focuses on Eichacker’s professional and civic activities: at the local level, for the State of Iowa, and for the University of Iowa. The Photographs series consists of four photographs of Lois Eichacker in various public roles and three photocopies of family photographs. An oversize color photocopy of Eichacker's great-grandparents, Rufus and Mathilda Dandridge, ca. 1905, is shelved in the map case.
Virginia Harper papers
Virginia Harper was Eichacker's sister.
Harry Harper papers, University of Iowa Special Collections Department
Harry Harper was Eichacker's father.
Box no. Description
Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, 1994
Newspaper clippings, 1960-1998
Speeches, 1980-1997 and undated (scattered)
Family and friends
Legal Services of Iowa, 1995-1997, 2005
General, 1988-1997 and undated
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1971 and undated
Family Development Demonstration Grant Proposal, October 1988
State of Iowa
Commission on Community Action Programs, 1991-2004
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), 1987-2006
University of Iowa
Board of Directors meeting, October 12-13, 1995
Correspondence and speeches, 1988-1995
Spring Reunion Weekend, May-June 1996
Black Alumni Association, 1990-1997
Correspondence, 1988-2000 and undated
Distinguished Alumni Award nomination; Elizabeth Catlett Mora, 1996
1999 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, 1998
Dandridge, Rufus, and Dandridge, Mathilde Stevens [photocopy], c1905 [shelved in map case: drawer 2]
State of Iowa
Lee County Council on Human Investment, 1993-1997
University of Iowa
Alumni Association, 1992-1995