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PAPERS, 1856-2001
12 linear feet


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Beverly Everett Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The papers (donor no. 216) were donated by Beverly Everett in 1994 and Lawrence Everett in 2001.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Sixty-seven audiocassettes (AC125-AC191) shelved in audiocassette collection and one videocassette (VC52) shelved in videocassette collection.
In Boxes 20, 23, and 30.
Processed by:

Kirsten Clark, 1994 and Elizabeth Engel, 2005. [EverettBeverly.doc]



Beverly George Everett, farmer, substitute teacher, speaker, writer, and professional volunteer, was born on January 28, 1926 in Janesville, Iowa to Floyd and Florence George. Her parents were dairy farmers and musicians so Everett and her brother, Neal, grew up surrounded by Iowa farmland and music. After graduating from Janesville High School, she attended Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) where she obtained a bachelors degree in institutional management in 1947. It was at Iowa State that she met her husband Lawrence Everett, who returned to college after serving in the army for three years during World War II. He graduated in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in farm operations.

After college they moved to New Sharon, Iowa where they set up farming a 300-acre spread. Five children were born there: Leslie, who became an agronomist; George, a medical doctor; Rebecca (Sinkler), a teacher; Gordon, a pastor; and Floyd, a farmer and National Guard Captain. All five completed programs at Iowa State University.

Everett 's education did not stop at Iowa State. She took various post graduate courses from the University of Iowa and the University of California, Berkeley. She also obtained teacher certification through William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1984 she was awarded an honorary doctorate through Iowa Wesleyan College.

Beverly Everett's organizational work began at an early age in the 4-H. Several of her projects included planting a victory garden, redecorating her bedroom (featured in an article in Successful Farming, September 1941), and creating a record book that took second place in a National 4-H contest. She later became a 4-H club leader. In 1965, Everett was named a Master Farm Homemaker.

During the 1950s and 1960s, much of Everett's volunteer work centered around 4-H and the Farm Bureau. Through her writings and speeches she became known for emphasizing the importance of women's roles in agriculture. In one of her speeches she stated, "A great proportion of farmer co-operatives are forgetting to use the talents of women" (May 22, 1963, Speeches, Newspaper clippings and journal articles, 1960-1967). Also during this time she wrote a column entitled "The Distaff Partner" where she talked about various farm issues.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Everett became involved extensively in the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She started out as president of the Oskaloosa branch but soon moved up through the ranks to serve as President of the Iowa Division in 1976. As a key note speaker for AAUW, Everett traveled extensively throughout the United States giving talks and planning workshops for various AAUW branches and state divisions. Her speeches show a great interest in improving the status of women not only in the United States but throughout the world. In 1978, she became the AAUW representative to the United States National Commission for UNESCO. Through the National Commission she served as vice chair for the Status of Women Committee.

Appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1976 and reappointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, she also served as a commissioner to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. She was chosen mainly as a representative of the rural women of the United States. She was the federal officer for five of the state meetings held before the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas, in 1977. The Commission's goal for the conference was to have a "national gathering of women to talk about and act upon issues of concern to

women." Topics covered included battered women, the Equal Rights Amendment, and women's education. It was the first such meeting since the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.

Being an active member in the United Methodist Church, she served on such committees as the Camp Fiscal Task Force, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and the Iowa Area Conference Center Task Force. Through her own church, she served as chair of the Mission Committee which helped raise money for various missionaries throughout the world.

Everett traveled to various foreign countries through the efforts of the Overseas Development Council, the Church World Service, the AAUW, and the International Federation of University Women. Her trips included stops in Ecuador, Asia, and Austria. In each of these places, Everett was very interested in the status and role of women in the society, both social and economical. It was through her son Leslie, who worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture as a maize breeder, that she was able to visit Cameroon, Africa. Here she got first hand experience in the different cultures present there and how these different societies treated women.

In 1983, Everett was nominated to the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. In the late 1990s, she was actively involved in nominating others, such as Ann Pellegreno and Denise O’Brien, for this same recognition.

One of Everett's major accomplishments during the mid-1980s was the initiation of the Rural Music History Celebration which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Iowa rural production of the "Bohemian Girl." From the information she collected from newspaper articles, personal papers of her parents, who were part of the original production, and the rural women's choruses files of Neil Bjurstrom (See Related Collections), she wrote the paper "Iowa the 'Singingest State' in the Union" (Box 5, Personal, Rural Music History). This became an assignment as part of a University of Iowa extension course taught by Clarence Andrews. On June 15, 1986, all this effort came together to produce Rural Music Day when original cast members and their families met to reminisce about rural music in Iowa.

Everett died January 26, 2001.

Scope and Content Note

The Beverly George Everett papers date from 1856 to 2001 and measure 12 linear feet, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1941-2000. The original accession was made in 1994, with a subsequent accession in 2001. »These papers give insight into Iowa farm life and various organizations dealing with farmers. They also show the workings of many local and national women's organizations, particularly the AAUW.


The papers are arranged in six series: Personal, Newspaper clippingsand journal articles, Organizations, Speeches, Photographs, and Miscellaneous audiocassettes.

The Personal series (1941-1994) contains correspondence and background information about Everett and her family. The correspondence includes letters written from Everett to her parents while she was a student at Iowa State. The more recent correspondence is mainly letters to and from friends and her children. The family history audiocassette is a recording of Everett where she recollects about her parents and the generations before them. Included here is information about her involvement in 4-H and the Rural Music History Celebration. The Iowa State College sub-series includes three scrapbooks that contain various photographs of Everett and her friends.

The Newspaper clippings and journal articles series (1960-1991 and undated) consists of articles written by Everett for farm and women's journals and for local newspapers.

The Organizations series (1953-1994 and undated) gives various information on the organizations where Everett volunteered. This includes minutes, notes on meetings, and conventions and conference material. Most of the series is about the AAUW. Several audiocassettes of conferences and workshops can also be found here. Of special interest is the history of the United Methodist Church Commission on the Status and Role of Women written by Everett. There are also two scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings of Everett's work in the Farm Bureau and 4-H during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Speeches series (1960-1993 and undated) consists of drafts of speeches given by Everett to a wide variety of groups and organizations. Also included are newspaper clippings and journal articles about the events and the programs from the events themselves. There are audiocassettes of several of the speeches.

The Photographs series (1935-1986 and undated) contains photographs of family and friends. Photographs of the Rural Music History Celebration and the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year are also included.


The papers are arranged in three series: Personal, Organizations, and Speeches.

The Personal series contains journals, newsclippings, family history and correspondence. Among the correspondence are Round Robin letters between fourteen couples who all graduated from Iowa State College around the time of Beverly Everett and her husband. All were active in the YMCA and YWCA. Their letters circulated amongst each other date from 1955 to 2001.

The Organizations series consists of various materials concerning organizations that Everett belonged to, including correspondence, minutes, convention materials, and publications. Most material concerns the AAUW, the IFUW, and the United Nations. Of particular interest is a journal of travel notes that Everett kept during a trip to Graz, Austria for IFUW’s 26 th Triennial Conference in 1998.

The Speeches series consists of drafts of speeches given by Everett to various groups and organizations, as well as programs from various events where she spoke.

Related Collections

Judy Klemesrud Papers
This collection contains several articles written by Klemesrud on the National Women's Conference in 1977 ( box 2, Newspaper clippings, 1977).

Neil Bjurstrom Rural Music Collection
This collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and committee reports on the Rural Music History Celebration organized by Beverly Everett and chaired by Neil Bjurstrom in 1986 (at Iowa State University).

North Madison Happy Pals 4-H Club
These scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, and organizational records dated from the period when Beverly Everett was club leader, 1952 to 1972 (boxes 1 and 2, Scrapbooks).

Mildred Fox ( Everett) papers
Fox was Beverly Everett's mother-in-law.

Ida "Belle" Bandfield Holden papers
Holden was Beverly Everett's maternal grandmother.

Iowa Women's Archives Collection
Contains Beverly Everett's speech for the second anniversary of the archives regarding her life and the influences upon it.

Verda L. Williams papers
Everett is featured in "The Gift of Song," a video recorded on June 30, 1987 [VC:138]

Box List

Box 1                          
    Biographical information      
Family history, undated [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC125]
Obituary notices, 2001
    Awards, 1982-1983, 1992-1993
Calendars, 1947-1949
Cameroon , Africa trip, 1982-1984
Correspondence, 1941-1946 (5 folders)
Box 2                          
    Correspondence, 1947-1985 (10 folders)      
Box 3                          
    Correspondence, 1986-1998 and undated (8 folders)
Diary, 1945-1946
Family finances reports,1949-1956
Box 4                          
    Family finances reports,1957-1985 (3 folders)
Family information, 1940-1991 and undated
      Awards, 1943, 1946
4-H Record, 1938-1943 [oversize: in box 23]
Record books, 1938-1946
Reports, 1941-1944 and undated
    Friends of family information, 1981-1984
George Williams College Camp, 1946
Honorary Doctorate, Iowa Wesleyan College, 1984, 1990
Iowa Master Farm Homemaker Awards, 1965, 1976
Iowa State College
      Collegiate Methodist Church, 1947-1948, 1995 and undated
Essay, 1944
Iowa State Singers, 1947 and undated
Memorabilia, undated
Sororities 1945, 1947-1948
        1943-1944 [oversize: in box 24]
1944-1945 [oversize: in box 25]
1946 [oversize: in box 26]
      Veishea publicity, undated  
Box 5                          
    Janesville Hi-Lite , 1941-1942
Lacey Methodist Church, 75th Anniversary, 1955
Miscellaneous notes, 1982 and undated
Newspaper clippings and journal articles, 1941-1949, 1965-1973, 1981-1998 and undated
Programs, musical, 1946-1954, 1960, 1971, 1993 and undated
Rural Music History
      Bohemian Girl , ISU Opera Workshop, undated [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC126]
College Week, 1987
County Women 's Choruses, programs, 1986-1987, 1991, 1993
" Iowa The 'Singingest' State in the Union," undated

"Bohemian Girl," 1935-1937 and undated
Miscellaneous, 1937-1980 and undated


Rural Music History Celebration


Attendance and registration sheets, 1986
Coordinating Committee, 1986
Correspondence, 1981-1991 (3 folders)
Expenses, 1985
"The Gift of Song," 1987 and undated
Videocassette, 1987 (VHS, 25 minutes) [shelved in videocassette collection: VC52]
Market to Market program, Rural Music Segment, 1986 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC127]
Newspaper clippings, 1985-1986, 1993 and undated
Press releases, 1986
Programs, 1986
Resource and mailing lists, 1986 and undated
Rural Music Day, 1986 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC128-AC129]
Steering Committee, 1985
Rural Music History Week, 1986-1987

Box 6                          
  Newspaper clippings and journal articles          
1980-1991 and undated
    Advisory Committee for Science and Society, National Science Foundation, report, 1980
Advisory Committees, Iowa State College ( Iowa State University), 1953, 1961, 1973
American Association of University Women, 1971-1992 (16 folders)
Box 7                          
    American Association of University Women, 1966-1990 (32 folders)  
Box 8                          
    American Association of University Women, 1974-1991 (28 folders)  
Box 9                          
    American Association of University Women, 1973-1983 (18 folders)
Associated Country Women of the World, 1968
Board of International Food and Agricultural Development, nomination, 1983
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 1978-1979
Church Women United, 1993
Church World Service, 1984-1985 (4 folders)
Box 10                          
  Organizations (cont.)                
    Church World Service, 1983-1986 (3 folders)
Conference on World Affairs, 37th Annual, 1984
Farm Foundation, 1982-1983
First In the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation, 1990-1991
4-H, 1959-1985 (4 folders)
4-H scrapbook, 1955-1968 [oversize: in box 21]
4-H scrapbook, 1962-1968 [oversize: in box 22]
FRIENDS of the Oskaloosa Public Library, 1991-1994 and undated
Fulcrum, Inc., 1985-1986 (2 folders)
Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, 1969-1972
Hansen, Bill, [Campaign for Lieutenant Governor], Steering Committee, 1978
International Federation of University Women, 1973-1992 (6 folders)
Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Hall of Fame, 1976-2000 (2 folders)
Iowa Confederation of Environmental Organizations, 1971
Iowa Department of Environmental Quality, Board of Certification, 1975-1979
Iowa ERA, seminars and speeches, 1980 [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC153-AC156]
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, 1968-1975 (2 folders)
Iowa Humanities Board, 1987, 1989
Iowa Peace Institute, 1985, 1991-1993
Iowa Sister States, 1991-1992
Box 11                          
  Organizations (cont.)  
    Iowa State University , University Extension service, 1987-1993 and undated
Iowa 2000, 1974-1977
Iowans for WOI-TV, Inc., 1992
Iowa State University Alumni Association, 1981-1991 (3 folders)
Jane Addams Conference Board, 1987-1993
Mahaska County Homemaker Health Aide Service, Inc., 1970-1972 and undated
Mahaska County Republican Women, undated
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
      1975-1978 (15 folders)            


Box 12                          
  Organizations (cont.)  
    National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year  
      1975-1978 (9 folders)            
    National Rural Women Leadership Conference, 1978
Newspaper clippings and journal articles, 1971-1986
Oskaloosa People to People, 1974-1976 and undated
PEO Sisterhood, Chapter X, 1968-1972, 1980-1985 and undated
Planned Parenthood, 1990, 1992
Pope, Larry, State Steering committee, undated
Self Help Foundation, 1981
United Methodist Church, 1979-1988 (10 folders)
Box 13                          
  Organizations (cont.)  
    United Methodist Church, 1963-1992 (10 folders)
United Nations, 1971-1994 (33 folders)
Box 14                          
  Organizations (cont.)  
    United Nations, 1978-1983 (14 folders)
United Society Friends Women, Conference, 1971
White House Conference on Domestic and Economic Affairs, 1975
Women's Military Memorial (for women veterans), 1988-2000 and undated
World Food Conference, 1982, 1986, 1988
YWCA-Oskaloosa, 1972, 1974-1975
    Audiocassettes [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC167-AC191]  
      AAUW, Cedar Rapids Branch, 50th anniversary, undated
Corning Farmer/Businessman Awards Banquet, undated
PEO program, undated
United States Institute of Peace, Conference, Iowa City, 1986
Various speeches, undated
Women's movement speech and interview with Makiko, undated
    Awards, 1970, 1974-1985
Correspondence, 1960-1992 (3 folders)
Drafts, 1960-1969 (2 folders)
Box 15                          
  Speeches (cont.)                
    Drafts, 1970-1977 (9 folders)    
Box 16                          
  Speeches (cont.)                
    Drafts, 1978-1985 (10 folders)                
Box 17                          
  Speeches (cont.)                
    Drafts, 1985-1994 (8 folders)                
Box 18                          
  Speeches (cont.)                
    Drafts, undated (6 folders)
Newspaper clippings and journal articles, 1960-1969
Box 19                          
  Speeches (cont.)                
    Newspaper clippings and journal articles, 1970-1991 (2 folders)
Presentation schedules, 1971-1973 and undated
Programs, 1960-1993 and undated (5 folders)
Box 20                          
      General, 1968, 1976-1978, 1983 and undated
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1976-1979
    Personal, 1935, 1942, 1982-1983 and undated
Rural Music History Celebration, 1986
Rural Music History Proclamation, 1986?
Box 21                          
    4-H scrapbook, 1955-1968        
Box 22                          
    4-H scrapbook, 1962-1968                
Box 23                          
    4-H record book, 1938-1943                
Box 24                          
    Iowa State University Scrapbook                
Box 25                          
    Iowa State University Scrapbook                
Box 26                          
    Iowa State University Scrapbook                
Box 27                          
    2001 ACCESSION                
      Calendars, 1962-1995
Correspondence, 1963-1978
Box 28                          
      Correspondence, 1980-2001 and undated (5 folders)
Everett family history, 1856-1857 and undated (2 folders)
Journals, 1991-1995 and undated (2 folders)
Iowa State College, 1946-1995
Box 29                          
      Iowa State College, 1945-1993 and undated (2 folders)
Newsclippings, 1963-1995 and undated
Round Robins, 1955-2001 (5 folders)
Special friends correspondence, 1953-1993 and undated
Box 30                          
    Personal (cont.)    
      Special friends    

Funeral programs, 1967-1994
Newsclippings, 1952-1992 and undated
Miscellaneous, 1972-1990 and undated
Photographs, undated
Miscellaneous, 1985-1998 and undated

      American Association of University Women (AAUW), 1969-1999 (3 folders)    
Box 31                          
      American Association of University Women (AAUW)    
        1967-1979 (2 folders)          
      Art of Association Project, 2000 (2 folders)
Art on the Square, 1996
Boards and committees, 1953-2000 (2 folders)
Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library, 1993
International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
        1997-1999 (5 folders)            
Box 32                          
    Organizations (cont.)            
      International Federation of University Women (IFUW)    
      Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, 1983-2000 (4 folders)
Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild, 1965-2000 (2 folders)
Iowa State University, 1971-2001 (7 folders)
Box 33                          
    Organizations (cont.)                
      Iowa Wesleyan College, 1998-2001 (2 folders)
Mahaska County Agricultural and Rural Development, 1998-2000
Mahaska County Home Economics Club, 1970-1995
Mahaska County Homemaker Health Aide, 1980, 1988
National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year
        1976-1979 (3 folders)            
Box 34          
    Organizations (cont.)    
      Oskiowa People-to-People, 1994-1997
PEO Sisterhood, Chapter X, 1966-1999 (2 folders)
United Methodist Church, 1980-2001 (3 folders)
United Nations, 1978-2000 (9 folderes)
Virginia Gildersleeve Fund for University Women, Inc., 1998-2001
Box 35          
    Organizations (cont.)    
      William Penn College, 1949-1995 (3 folders)
Miscellaneous, 1978-1998 and undated

Programs, 1963-1995

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