IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
MAGDALEN MEADE (1913- )
7 linear inches
The Magdalen Meade papers (donor no. 697) were donated by Magdalen Meade in 2000 and 2002.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
In Box 1.
Seven audiocassettes shelved in audiocassette collection [AC826-832].
Stacy Ross, 2002 [MeadeMagdalen.doc]
Magdalen Walsh Meade, farmwoman and political organizer, was born January 12, 1913 in Riverside, Iowa. Her parents were Cornelius W. Walsh (1874-1947) and Pellagia A. Birrer Walsh (1878-1959). Magdalen Walsh attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Riverside, Iowa in 1930. She also attended Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1931 to 1932. On January 2, 1936 Magdalen Walsh married Ralph James Meade. The couple farmed in southeast Iowa, and eventually resided in Mount Pleasant, Iowa with their children. Along with the responsibilities of being a farmwoman, Magdalen Meade was also active in politics, serving as Henry County Democratic Party chairman, and continued to be active in Democratic Party activities and campaigns through the 1980s. Meade also served as secretary of the Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission for twelve years during the late 1980s and 1990s.
Scope and Content Note
The Magdalen Meade papers date from 1891 to 1992 and measure 7 linear inches plus artifacts and audiocassettes. The papers are arranged in four series: Biographical, Politics, Farm Accounts, and Artifacts.
The Biographical series contains information about Magdalen Meade as well as members of her family, including her mother Pellagia Birrer Walsh. The family history information includes a family tree with detailed birth and death information, as well as occupation, education, and religious affiliations of family members. In the oral history interview with Magdalen Meade conducted by her son-in-law Andor Skotnes in 1992, Meade discusses her childhood in rural southeast Iowa and her family, education, marriage and children. The series also contains Meade’s wedding diary and her recipe notebook.
The Politics series concerns Magdalen Meade’s political activism and includes information about the Iowa Constitutional Convention of 1980, the Iowa Democratic Party, news clippings, and correspondence. Also included is detailed information on the 1982 gubernatorial campaign of Roxanne Conlin for which Meade was Henry County Democratic Party coordinator.
The Farm Accounts series consists of farm record books of the Meade farm from 1962-1973. The accounts contain detailed information on insurance, livestock, crops, and taxes.
The Artifacts series contains Democratic political campaign buttons, and other paraphernalia associated with Meade’s political activities.
Roxanne Conlin Papers, Iowa Women’s Archives
Rita Meade Dohrmann Papers, Iowa Women’s Archives
Dohrmann was Meade’s daughter.
Box no. Description
Family history information
L’Envoi yearbook, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1932
Memoir of farm life, 1936-1986
“Memories of 1917”
Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Committee, 1988, 1993,
Oral history audiocassettes [AC826-AC832]
Oral history transcript: Magdalen Meade interviewed by Andor
Skotnes (son-in-law of Meade), 1991-1992 (2 folders)
Synopsis of political career, 1956-1974
Pellagia Bivver Walsh (mother of Magdalen Meade)
Recipe notebook, 1936
Wedding notebook, 1935-1936
Constitutional Convention, 1980
Constitution of the Iowa Democratic Party, 1978
Correspondence, 1956-1974 (scattered)
First District Limerick Contest, 1967
The Hawkeye Democratic Leader, April and July 1969
McGovern/Eagleton campaign sticker and notes, 1972 election
Iowa Democratic Convention booklet, 1982
Roxanne Conlin for Governor Campaign, 1982
Henry County Coordinator information
Conlin for Governor Committee
Campaign contribution letters
Campaign letters and flyers
Statements and resume
“Thank You” poster [original print stored with oversized materials]
Farm account books, 1962-1973 (3 folders)
Political buttons and pins
Stone carved donkeys