Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa



RECORDS, 1947-1987
11.5 linear inches


Iowa Women's Archives
100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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Please cite materials from this coll ection as follows:
National Secretaries Association, Robert Lucas Chapter Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The records (donor no. 795) were donated by Betty Ketchum in 2001.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
In Box 1.
Processed by:
Elizabeth Engel, 2005. [NSARL.doc]


The National Secretaries Association was formed by secretaries who believed their profession, which boasted the largest contingent of business women in the 1940s, needed its own organization. The group’s motto was “Better Letters; Better Living; Better Letters,” and their three-fold program focused on social, educational, and professional activities. The Robert Lucas Chapter of Iowa City, Iowa was chartered in 1947 and took its name after the first governor of the Iowa territory. In 1981, the national organization changed its name to Professional Secretaries International ( PSI), and the Robert Lucas Chapter followed suit. In 1998, PSI members voted to change the name to International Association of Administrative Professionals. The Robert Lucas Chapter of Iowa City, Iowa no longer exists.

Scope and Content Note

The National Secretaries Association, Robert Lucas Chapter ( Iowa City, Iowa) records date from 1947 to 1987 and measure 11.5 linear inches. The records are arranged in three series: Administrative, Photographs, and Scrapbooks.

The Administrative series consists of correspondence, budgets, reports, minutes, and chapter booklets, as well as various other administrative materials. The chapter booklets list local and state officers, committees, members, and meeting dates.

The Photographs series contains miscellaneous photographs of group meetings, mostly undated.

The Scrapbooks series contains two leather-bound scrapbooks that chronicle the group’s activities from its inception in 1947 up to 1987.

Box List

Box 1                          
    Bylaws and standing rules, 1962-1973
Budgets, 1960-1971
Chapter booklets, 1966-1985 (scattered)
Correspondence, 1951-1973
Guest book, 1970-1987
Membership applications, 1963-1979
Minutes, 1947-1984 (2 folders)
Nominating committee, 1961-1966
      Treasurer, 1957-1973
Miscellaneous, 1963, 1973
Roll book, 1947-1969
Rosters, 1968-1974
Miscellaneous, 1966-1987 and undated
    1896 and undated    
Box 2                          
Box 3                          


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