IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
PAPERS, 1936, 1952-1995
1.3 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 287) were donated by Faith Knowler in 1995.
The papers are open for research.
»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Kachina Dunn, 1996.
Faith Knowler was an active member of the Johnson County and Iowa City communities for more than forty years. Knowler received an M.A. from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1936. Knowler's involvement in one local group, the Nineteenth Century Club, began in 1952. Over the next forty-two years, Knowler presented original papers on topics from the women's movement to health care policies, from evolution to Tolstoy.
In 1971, Knowler became a member of the Johnson County Regional Planning Commission and served on the Family and Individual Life Subcommittee. In 1979, Knowler was instrumental in organizing the Needs of Children and Families in Johnson County Forum.
During this period, Knowler was a member of the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, serving as president from ca. 1973 to 1975 and has served on the board of directors for many years. She and other League members assisted with a daycare study focusing on the needs of working parents and abused, neglected and delinquent children. From this project came a new organization, the Youth Emergency Shelter (later Youth Homes, Inc.). Active in securing the necessary funds and support for this shelter, Knowler also served as a board member from 1971 to 1995. During this time, she worked on the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Personnel Committee.
Another leadership role Knowler took on was that of board member of the Women's Institute for Community Leadership (WICL). Having completed the WICL certificate program in 1975, Knowler served on the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1978.
Knowler's interest in community involvement and politics extended to the national level in addition to the local level. She was diligent about letting her representatives in Congress hear her views on many issues, of both personal and professional interest.
Scope and Content Note
The Faith Knowler papers date from 1936 and 1952 to 1995 and measure 1.3 linear feet. The papers are arranged in two series: Community involvement and Thesis materials. The papers document Knowler's leadership and participation in Johnson County and Iowa City community activities as well as her academic work at the State University of Iowa.
The Community involvement series (1952-1995 and undated) includes correspondence between Knowler and congressmen on various issues. Reports, press statements and newsclippings from Knowler's work with the Johnson County Regional Planning Commission are here, including the texts of radio addresses and notes related to her organization of the Needs of Children and Families in Johnson County Forum in 1979. While Knowler was working with the Commission, she assisted in producing thirteen reports on Johnson County social services, and these are included here.
Several papers presented by Knowler to the Nineteenth Century Club are included and are listed alphabetically by title in the box list. Also included are materials from Knowler's years on the boards of the Women's Institute for Community Leadership and Youth Homes, Inc.
The Thesis materials series (1936) consists of a rough draft of Knowler's 1936 master's thesis on social settlements, with numerous handwritten notes and related correspondence.
League of Women Voters of Johnson County records
Box no. Description
Letters to congressmen (with responses), 1981-1991
Johnson County Regional Planning Commission
Committee reports and projects, 1972 and undated
Correspondence, 1971, 1979
Family and Individual Life Subcommittee, 1978
Human services studies
#7-9, 1977, 1978
#10-11, 1978, 1979
Needs of Children and Families in Johnson County Forum, 1979
Publicity, 1979 and undated
Nineteenth Century Club
Meeting programs, 1952-1994
Papers presented (with notes)
"Adolescents in Trouble," undated
"The Age of Automation," undated
"Alternatives to the Automobile," 1970
"Change in the Women's Movement," 1992
"The Future of Evolution," 1967
"Health Care for Women," 1983
"Health Care Policies and Politics," 1982
"Iran--Bridge Between East and West," undated
"Juvenile Justice," 1978
"Simone de Beauvoir," 1973
"Social Planning," undated
"Thomas A. Edison," undated
Women's Institute for Community Leadership (WICL)
Board member rosters, 1976-1978 and undated
By-laws and amendments, undated
Correspondence, 1975, 1976
Curricula, 1971, 1973-1977
Project proposal, 1976
Publicity, 1974-1976, 1978
WICL certificate of completion, 1975
Youth Homes, Inc.
Board minutes, 1981-1986
Correspondence, 1993, 1995
Long-range planning committee
Minutes and agendas, 1989-1990
Minutes and strategic plans, 1992-1993
Peer review, 1992
Handbook and orientation, 1989 and undated
Job descriptions, 1986-1992
Minutes, 1988-1991, 1993-1994
Personnel polices, 1987, 1992
Proposal for youth home, 1972
Publicity, 1992, 1994 and undated
"The Social Settlement: A Study in Social Movements" (rough draft), 1936