»PAPERS, DATES:»1936, 1952-1995

»(bulk 1970-1994)

QUANTITY:»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


            Begin text here: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.


Related Collections

League of Women Voters of Johnson County records


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Box 1

»Community involvement


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

#1-3, 1977

#4-6, 1977

#7-9, 1977, 1978

#10-11, 1978, 1979

#12-13, 1979

Needs of Children and Families in Johnson County Forum, 1979

Publicity, 1979 and undated

Nineteenth Century Club

Correspondence, 1977

Meeting programs, 1952-1994


Box 2

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

"Tolstoy," 1967

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

Personnel committee

Correspondence, 1988

Handbook and orientation, 1989 and undated

Job descriptions, 1986-1992

Box 3


Minutes, 1988-1991, 1993-1994

Personnel polices, 1987, 1992

Proposal for youth home, 1972

Publicity, 1992, 1994 and undated


Thesis materials

Correspondence, 1936

"The Social Settlement: A Study in Social Movements" (rough draft), 1936