IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
IOWA FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS
1.5 linear feet
The records of the Iowa Federation of Business and Professional
Women’s Clubs have been transferred to the State Historical
Society of Iowa, Iowa City (February, 1996).
The Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was founded in 1919 by a small group of business women from Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Cedar Falls, Des Moines and Seymour. The Iowa Federation was created as a branch of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, a nationwide club designed for women with careers in business and related professions. The goals of the Iowa Federation were to inspire cooperation among business women, promote business women's interests, and extend women's opportunities for professional training and education.
By 1922 the Iowa Federation's officers had established a budget based on membership dues and contributions, had planned agendas for meetings and conventions, and organized local chapters on city and county levels. The dues allowed for state meetings and speeches, a magazine called The Bulletin (now the Iowa Business Woman), and publicity.
From the beginning the Iowa Federation's themes of personal growth and betterment were reflected in a concern for maximum hour and minimum wage laws for women, equal opportunities for women's education, and equal pay for equal merit. From the 1920s, when the Iowa Federation urged shoe manufacturers to make attractive shoes with lower heels, to the 1970s when the focus was on passing the Equal Rights Amendment and developing a Career Advancement Scholarship program, the Iowa Federation has assisted the National Federation in calling attention to the needs of career women.
The local chapters that were formed in various Iowa cities held regular meetings, sponsored dinners and pageants, and sent out newsletters. Among other activities, they called attention to the advancement of business and professional women in the local media, and sponsored speeches from Iowa educators and professionals concerning opportunities for women.
Scope and Content Note
The Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs records measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1994, the majority from 1967 to 1979. The records are arranged in five series: Constitution and bylaws, Correspondence, Iowa Business Woman, Local chapters, and Meetings.
The Constitution and bylaws series (1920-1975) contains Iowa Federation publications that outline the history, objectives and policies of the organization.
The Correspondence series (1968-1976) contains outgoing letters sent to club members and local chapters from the presidents and other acting officers. The Iowa Federation received incoming correspondence from its parent organization, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, located in Washington, D.C. In 1972 during the campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the House of Representatives, the National Federation prepared testimonies and correspondence to aid the campaign.
Issues of the Iowa Federation's magazine comprise the Iowa Business Woman series (1968-1994).
The local chapters of the Iowa Federation were located in various Iowa cities and printed individual histories, yearbooks, and newsletters, which are in the Local chapters series (1951-1979).
The Meetings series (1967-1977) consists of the programs, proceedings, and reports of the state annual meetings, which are listed by year. The programs of the seasonally held state board meetings, as well as speech material, are also found in this series.
Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Shenandoah
Iowa City Business and Professional Women's Club
Box no. Description
Constitution and bylaws
Federation guide, 1967-1968
Manual and bylaws, 1973-1974
1968-1969, Thelma Heitsman
1969-197O, Ethel M. Cairns
197O-1971, Marvell Harmel
1971-1972, Betty J. Wagner
1972-1973, Helen Adams
1973-1974, Betty Whitney
1974-1975, Helen Pickup
1978-1979, LaVon G. Runkle
197O-1971, Betty J. Wagner
1971-1972, Helen Adams
1972-1973, Betty Whitney
1973-1974, Helen Pickup
1968-1969, Ethel M. Cairns
1969-197O, Marvell Harmel
1971-1972, Betty Whitney
1972-1973, Helen Pickup
1973-1974, Helen Harris
1971-1972, Helen Pickup
1972-1973, Helen Harris
1973-1974, Ruth Reynolds
Foundation committee, 1975-1976 (Helen Adams)
Nominating committee, 1971-1973
National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
Equal Rights Amendment, 1971-1973
Iowa Business Woman, 1968-1994
Cedar Rapids: The Last Word, 1972-1973
Charles City: history, 1951-1976
Annual reports, 1973-1979
The Mirror, 1973-1979
Des Moines: winter board meetings, 1978-1979
Fairfield: correspondence, 1974
Grundy Center: miscellaneous, 1973-1974
Humbolt: yearbook, 1977-1978
Iowa Great Lakes: history, 1959-1976
Knoxville: miscellaneous, 1972-1975
Marshalltown: The Chatterbox, 1972-1973
Mason: yearbooks, 1976-1978
Monticello: history, 1932-1976
Newton: history, 1931-1976
Oskaloosa: The B.P.W. Echo, 1971-1973
Rockwell: history, 1924-1976
Spirit Lake: yearbook, 1975-1976
Board: programs, 1971-1976