SUSAN J. NORMAN (19xx- )


PAPERS, 1972-1984

2.5 linear inches






The Susan J. Norman papers» (donor no. 409) were donated by Susan J. Norman in 1997.


The »papers are open for research.


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


Stacy Ross, 2002Your name, year» [NormanSusan.doc]



            Susan J. Norman was an Iowa City activist through the 1970s.  She participated in consciousness-raising groups at the Emma Goldman Clinic and served on the board of Grace and Rubies.  Grace and Rubies opened in 1976 and was a privately owned incorporated business, which operated as a women-only restaurant and meeting space for two years.  Norman was also involved in various pro-choice activities, including organizing a pro-choice rally in Iowa City in 1978.  After leaving Iowa City, Susan Norman continued in her activist pursuits, organizing Women for Women at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Drawing on her experience with Iowa City’s Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), Norman worked to develop Women for Women at BGSU from 1979-1984.  Susan Norman returned to Iowa, and worked in social services before beginning a career as a realtor in 1993 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Begin text here:»



Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The Susan J. Norman papers date from »1972 to 1984 and measure »2.5 linear inches.  The »papers »are arranged in »two series: Biographical and Political and Social Activism.


The Biographical series contains a photograph of Susan Norman from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, a rough biographical sketch, and an employment form from General Telephone Company of Ohio, where Susan Norman was an employee.


The Political and Social Activism series contains information and papers from Susan Norman’s work with Women for Women in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the Women’s Poetry Reading.  Also included are the meeting minutes from Grace and Rubies restaurant from 1975 and a collection of “Fat Liberation” illustrations, poetry, essays, and fliers collected by Norman during a visit to California in 1977.  »



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Box no
.           Description


Box 1


                              Miscellaneous, 1979 and undated


                        Political and Social Activism

                              A Women’s Poetry Reading, 1972

                              Grace and Rubies minutes, 1975

                              Fat liberation, 1977

                              Women for Women [Rape victim advocacy], 1979-1984