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 IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:»MYRTILLA F. LEVIN (1938-  )

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PAPERS, 1971-2010

QUANTITY:»6777 7.5 linear inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »papers (donor no. 32) were donated by »Myrtilla F. Levin in 1975 and succeeding years.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In box »1.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Bridget M. Butler, 1992, Robert J. Jett, 1993, Kären Mason, 2011.

 

 

 


 

 

»Biography

 

Myrtilla F. Levin was born in Iowa in 1938.  She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a B.A. in English and was a public school teacher in Des Moines for two years.  She married Jack D. Levin and lived with him in Newton, Iowa, where she served twelve years in a variety of local volunteer groups and was lay leader at her Episcopal Church.  She was Jasper County Republican Party Chairman in 1972 and 1973, an alternate to the 1972 Republican National Convention, and a member of the state Republican Party Platform Committee in 1974.  In 1973 she was elected to a two-year term as mayor of Newton, a post she held through 1975.  After leaving office Levin served as head of the Newton Chamber of Commerce and later as executive director of the Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Des Moines.  In 1986 she was appointed director of the newly created Iowa Business Council. 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            The Myrtilla F. Levin papers measure 7.5 linear inches and date from 1971 to 2010.  The papers are arranged in the following series: Republican Party, Newton mayoralty, Iowa Business Council, and Biographical.  Most of the material is correspondence directly connected with Levin's service as mayor of Newton and her role as executive director of the Iowa Business Council. 

 

            The Republican Party series (1972-1973) contains material from both the state and national conventions in 1972 where Levin was, respectively, a delegate and an alternate.  Four photographs show Levin among others at the convention, including a group photo of the Iowa delegates and alternates with then Governor Robert D. Ray.  The Jasper County Republican Party folder contains a few letters, mostly congratulations on Levin's appointment as chairman of the Jasper County Republican Central Committee after the convention.

 

            The Newton, Iowa, mayoralty series (1972-1975) consists primarily of correspondence from constituents, such as complaints and inquiries about city sewage service, dumping regulations, parking, road maintenance, and dog licenses; from local corporations, schools and civic organizations asking her to speak and thanking her for speaking; from other government officials, congratulating her on her election, asking her for information, or responding to her requests; and correspondence relevant to establishment of a town civil defense plan, the search for a new police chief, a bond issue to build a new fire station, upkeep on the town pool, and town ordinances.  Included are letters from area school children.  The newspaper clippings concern Levin's tenure as mayor and her election campaigns.

 

            The Iowa Business Council series (1986-2000) contains correspondence from area businesses regarding ordinances, meetings, tax laws, conventions, and other topics, as well as some personal letters.  Also included are several reports prepared by the Iowa Business Council on welfare reform, job creation in animal agriculture, the environment, and technology transfer.

 

            The Biographical series (1971-2010) consists of newspaper articles by and about Levin, including one entitled "Feminist Movement Won't Succeed Until It Helps All" (1985); a few items of correspondence; and memorabilia from the inauguration of Richard Nixon as President of the United States.

 

            A partial index to correspondents follows the box list.

 

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Box 1

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Conventions, 1972

General

Photographs

Jasper County Republican Party

Correspondence, June 1972-August 1973 (scattered)

 

NEWTON, IOWA, MAYORALTY

Correspondence

November 1973-March 1974

April-December 1974

1975

Newspaper clippings, 1972-1975 and undated

 

IOWA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Correspondence

1986-1987

1988-1989

1990

Box 2

1994

            1995

            1996 and undated

1997 and undated

2000

Newsletter:  Iowa Partnership (January 1989)

Reports, 1989-1992

Includes:

Welfare Reform in Iowa: Options & Opportunities (1989)

Job Creation in Animal Agriculture in Iowa (1990)

The Business of the Environment (1992)

Technology Transfer Study: Preliminary Report (1992)

 

BIOGRAPHICAL

General

Correspondence, 1982-2005 (scattered)

Memorabilia, 1971-1973

Newspaper clippings, 1980s-2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTIAL INDEX TO CORRESPONDENTS

 

Avenson, Don

1987: June 19

Baxter, Elaine

1987: April 6

Branstad, Terry E.

1988: December 20

1991: February 6, March 15

1994: January 4

Clark, Dick

1973: December 3

1974: May 17, July 15, July 22

1975: January 24, February 21, April 7, May 5, May 20

Clinton, President Bill

1995: February 16

Cohen, Michael

1995: April 13, May 19

Conlin, Roxanne Barton

1988: August 16

Corbett, Ron J.

1995: January 19

Culver, John C.

1975: March 5, June 15

Grassley, Charles E.

1987: February 20

1989: October 26

Harkin, Tom

1987: February 19

Kissinger, Henry

1975: February 28

McDonald, John C.

1973: December 20

Neu, Arthur A.

1973: November 8

Ray, Billie

1974: February 20

Ray, Robert D.

1972: August 3, November 8, August 21

1994: July 8

1995: May 8

Smith, Mary Louise

1973: November 21

1974: March 20

1975: February 18, July 30

Smith, Neal

1974: March 26

1975: March 24, May 19

Tauke, Tom

1987: February 24