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



PAPERS, 1926-2002
(bulk 1970-2002)

13 linear feet
and audiovisual material


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

Phone: 319-335-5068
Fax: 319-335-5900
E-mail the Iowa Women's Archives

Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Louise Rosenfield Noun Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.



Collection Overview



The papers (donor no. 35) were donated by Louise Rosenfield Noun in 1992 and succeeding years.




The papers are open for research. The two Kay Stone audiocassettes and transcript are CLOSED until January 1, 2023.




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




In boxes 33, 34, 35 and in map case.




Thirty-one audiocassettes shelved in audiocassette collection [AC122-AC123, AC223-AC249, AC480-481] and six videocassettes shelved in the videocassette collection [V9, V33, V43, V232, V233, V240]




In boxes 1, 11, 12, 15, 32 and in scrapbooks.



Processed by:

Natalie S. Brody, 1993, Stacy Ross, 2002, and Lisa Mott, 2005. [NounLouise.doc]



Louise Rosenfield Noun, social activist, art collector, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Iowa Women's Archives, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1908, the daughter of Meyer Rosenfield and Rose (Frankel) Rosenfield. Noun attended Greenwood Elementary School, graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Grinnell College for two years. She transferred to Wellesley College, but when her father became ill, she returned to Grinnell and graduated in 1929. She received an M.A. in art history from Harvard in 1933. In 1936 she married Maurice (Maurie) Noun, a dermatologist, in Des Moines. The Nouns adopted a daughter, Susan, in 1946. They were divorced in 1969.

Noun became widely recognized for her leadership and commitment to a number of organizations and causes. She served as president of the Des Moines chapter of the League of Women Voters in 1948, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union from 1964 to 1972, and the Des Moines chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1974 to 1976. She was a charter member of the Iowa Women's Political Caucus. Noun was instrumental, also, in establishing the Young Women's Resource Center in Des Moines. The Center, which opened in 1978, offers individual counseling, group activities and an in-school program for teenage women. In recognition of her contribution to helping women and young girls, Noun received the Philanthropic Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation for Women in May 1995. In 1981 she was elected to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. With her considerable financial resources Noun generously supported the causes in which she strongly believed.

Noun established the Chrysalis Foundation in 1989 to provide financial assistance to domestic violence victims in Iowa, fund day care services, and give financial aid to women students at Des Moines Area Community College. The foundation has sponsored "Women's Voices" conferences bringing Iowa women together to discuss social and political action.

Noun is the author of several books: Strong-Minded Women: The Emergence of the Woman-Suffrage Movement in Iowa (1969); More Strong-Minded Women: Iowa Feminists Tell Their Stories (1992), a series of biographical essays on the women's movement in Iowa during the 1970s; Iowa Women in the WPA (1999); and Journey to Autonomy:A Memoir (1990). She has also written Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (1980), an exhibition catalog of the Iowa sculptor's works, and articles for The Palimpsest on Harriet Ketcham, artist; Emily Blackmore Stapp, author of children's books; and Nellie Verne Walker, sculptor.

A respected art collector, Noun received her first painting as a gift from her mother when she was thirteen and she continued her interest in art in the following years. In the 1960s she began to concentrate her collection on art by women, focusing the collection on European and American women artists of the twentieth century. In 1990 the collection included more than sixty works by forty artists. Among them were works by Natalia Goncharova and others of the Russian avant-garde movement, Kathe Kollwitz, Hannah Hoch, Isabel Bishop, Lee Krasner, and Agnes Pelton. Noun’s collection was exhibited as The Louise Noun Collection: Art by Women at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Des Moines Art Center in 1990.

Louise Noun realized a long-term goal in 1992 with the establishment of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa. During the research for Strong-Minded Women: The Emergenceof the Woman-Suffrage Movement in Iowa, Noun became aware of the lack of primary sources on women's history. She and her friend Mary Louise Smith agreed on the need for an archives to preserve women's papers and together they worked to interest others in the project. With the sale from her collection of Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait with Loose Hair (1947) for $1.5 million Noun was able to endow the archives. The Iowa Women's Archives, which opened in October 1992, is devoted to preserving the history of women by acquiring and preserving primary source material that documents the lives and experience of Iowa women.

In declining health, Louise Noun committed suicide on August 23, 2002, leaving behind a note denouncing the illegality of assisted suicide. A memorial service, titled “Celebrating Choices,” was held in the State Historical Building in Des Moines on September 14, 2002. Noun’s final book, Leader and Pariah: Annie Savery and the Campaign for Women’s Rights in Iowa, was published by the Iowa Women’s Archives in November 2002.

Scope and Content Note

The Louise Rosenfield Noun papers measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1926-2002. They are arranged in twelve series: Biographical information, Family history, Calendars, Fine arts, Women’s organizations and activities, Civic and social activism, Publication and research files, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Correspondence, Personal journals and correspondence, and Artifacts. The collection is especially rich in its documentation of women activists of the mid-twentieth century in Iowa.

The Biographical information series includes several biographical articles about Noun; newspaper clippings; two audiocassettes of a 1-1/4 hour interview recorded in April 1991; two audiocassettes of an oral history interview by Virginia Wadsley recorded February 11 and 24, 1999; and six videocassettes. The series also includes various awards Noun received, including the Ms. Foundation award (1995), the Public Humanities Achievement Award (1995), and the Des Moines Jewish Academy Hall of Achievement Award (1999). Noun’s obituaries, along with tributes and remarks made at her memorial service have been added to this series.

One video is a segment about Noun on "Living in Iowa," a weekly magazine program produced by Iowa Public Television (1993). The second video records a program, "In Celebration of Louise Noun," at the Johnson County Senior Center, March 19, 1992 with remarks by Sheila Creth, director of the University of Iowa Libraries, about the Iowa Women's Archives; a reading from Noun's book, Strong-Minded Women; and a review of Noun's autobiography, Journey to Autonomy. The third video (1994) describes the activities of the Young Women's Resource Center in interviews with staff and clients and includes a brief comment by Noun. Also included is a video of Noun for the Iowa Jewish Heritage Project (1997) and the video, Underwraps. The sixth video is a recording of Louise Noun’s memorial service, given in Des Moines on September 14, 2002.

The Family History series includes biographical information about various members of Noun’s family, including her parents, Rose Rosenfield and Meyer Rosenfield, her brother, Joseph Frankel Rosenfield, and her sister, Ruth Rosenfield McGregor. The biographical information about Louise Noun’s parents and siblings is a rich source of Des Moines and Iowa history. Included is the transcript of an oral history interview of Joseph Frankel Rosenfield conducted by Virginia Wadsley for the Des Moines Oral History Project. Louise Noun's sister, Ruth Rosenfield, travelled to Geneva in 1926 to attend the Geneva Institute of International Relations and the assembly of the League of Nations. The scrapbook of newspaper clippings in this series reflects her experience there and the public appearances she made upon her return.

The Calendars series contains Noun’s date books and agendas for the period 1979-2000. Noun used the calendars and appointment books, noting meetings, travel, etc. While the notations are spare, the calendars do reflect how active Noun was in the community on behalf of organizations and initiatives that she supported.

The Fine arts series includes several exhibition catalogs including Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, written by Noun to accompany an exhibit of the Iowa sculptor's works at the Des Moines Art Center in 1980; The Louise Noun Collection: Art by Women at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (1990); Three Berlin Artists of the Weimar Era (Des Moines Art Center, 1994) for which Noun wrote the introduction. Biographical information about Irma Rene Koen, a midwestern artist, is included in this series. Background information about the Frida Kahlo painting which Noun sold to permanently endow the Iowa Women's Archives is found in the Christie's catalog, Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture (1991). This series contains a wealth of information on the Des Moines Art Center, and includes the exhibition guide to the center’s opening exhibit, 19 th and 20 th Century American and European Art…The Opening of the Des Moines Art Center (1948), as well as several other exhibition catalogs from the center. Also included is information about Louise Noun’s personal art collection.

The Women's Organizations series contains reports, correspondence and newspaper clippings from groups in which Noun was active, including the National Organization for Women, the League of Women Voters, the Commission on the Status of Women (1965), the International Women's Year meeting in Des Moines in 1977, the Iowa Women's Political Caucus, and the Iowa Abortion Rights Activists League Steering Committee (1978-1980). Also included are the records and a copy of the board manual of the Chrysalis Foundation, an organization founded by Noun in 1989 to assist women in Iowa financially.

The bulk of the collection is devoted to the Publication and research files. This series has been broken down into sub-series by Noun’s publications. The sub-series are: Journey to Autonomy, Strong-Minded Women, More Strong-Minded Women, Iowa Women in the WPA, L eader and Pariah: Annie Savery and the Campaign for Women’s Rights in Iowa, 1868-1891 and articles and research files. This series contains correspondence, research files, drafts, and manuscripts of Noun’s various publications. The bulk of the series pertains primarily to the publication of More Strong-Minded Women: Iowa Feminists Tell Their Stories. The sub-series includes the taped interviews (recorded by Louise Noun in 1989 and 1990), the transcriptions of the tapes, and correspondence with the twenty-two women profiled in the book and four who were not included in the final publication. Publisher's proofs and correspondence about the book are included as well. The research files also include Noun’s detailed research on Abner Kneeland, and her notes for the Annie Savery biography that the Iowa Women’s Archives published in November 2002.

Journey to Autonomy , More Strong-Minded Women, L eader and Pariah: Annie Savery and the Campaign for Women’s Rights in Iowa, 1868-1891 and Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, are shelved in the printed works collection.

The Photographs series includes family photographs, photos of Noun taken at a dinner in her honor in May 1990, at the Women's Voices conference in 1993, with Mary Louise Smith in 1996 and photographs from her Des Moines apartment. Also included are photographs of Noun’s art collection and of the Young Women’s Resource Center.

The Scrapbooks are rich in information about Noun’s activities and interests in the last half of the twentieth century. The 1940s scrapbook contains newspaper clippings about the League of Women Voters in Des Moines, the city manager campaign (led by Louise Noun and Kay Stroud), and letters from Eleanor Roosevelt and J. N. “Ding” Darling. The original scrapbook is closed to researchers due to its fragility. However, a photocopy of the scrapbook is available for research use.

The 1950s scrapbook continues to document Noun’s social activism through newspaper clippings. This book contains more family history and some photographs. But the bulk of the book is devoted to documenting various civil liberties cases that the Iowa Civil Liberties Union was involved in, including the 1969 United States Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, often referred to as the “black arm-band case.” Also included are clippings about the draft issues and other freedom of expression issues, including cases revolving around hair length of men and women in public schools in Iowa and an exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center in 1968 that was declared to be “obscene.”

The 1972-1986 scrapbook also contains information about the Des Moines Art Center and the Iowa Civil Liberties Union. This scrapbook begins to document Noun’s involvement in women’s and feminist organizations and activities, including the volunteerism campaign by the Des Moines National Organization for Women, campaigns for women’s involvement in politics, and the Young Women’s Resource Center in Des Moines. Included are several editorial columns written for The Des Moines Register by Louise Noun on subjects ranging from write-in votes for Minnette Doderer for Governor, gender bias in language, volunteerism, woman suffrage in Iowa, feminism and civil liberties, and the gendered wage gap.

The 1986-1997 scrapbook continues to document Noun’s involvement in women’s and civil libertarian causes and in the world of fine art. This book contains more programs from activities and conferences, but still relies on newspaper clippings to provide the bulk of the information. This book also contains photographs from the Tribute to Louise Noun Dinner in 1990. It also contains details about the founding of the Chrysalis Foundation and the founding of the Iowa Women’s Archives with the sale of the Frida Kahlo painting.

The Correspondence series includes letters and memoranda relating to Noun’s wide range of social concerns.

The Personal journals and correspondence series contains a printout of Louise Noun’s personal journal in which she recorded her thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics. Also included are letters from family members and a journal of birthdays and anniversaries.

The Artifacts series includes buttons relating to feminist issues and an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) pendant. Also included are artifacts from the induction of Annie Nowlin Savery into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and two posters: a campaign poster from Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 campaign and a poster promoting a speaking engagement by Gloria Steinem in Des Moines sponsored by the Chrysalis Foundation, along with various medals and plaques awarded to Noun throughout her life.

Related Collections

Margaret Davis Collison papers

An oversize photograph of Noun taken at the Women and Public Policy Symposium, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa in 1974, is shelved in map case.

Iowa Women’s Political Caucus records

Testimony of Louise Noun on the Equal Rights Amendment before the Iowa General Assembly, 1979 or 1980. Box 22.

Kay Stroud papers

Box List

Box 1















Biographical information









Resume compiled by Louise Noun, November 1995
Biographical Data form for Who’s Who of American Women, 1997-1998
"Louise Noun: A Pioneer Collection of Women's Art," Women's Art Journal (Fall 1992/Winter 1993)
Des Moines Jewish Academy Hall of Achievement Award, April 25, 1999
Iowa Literary Heritage Trail: Illustrated visit to birthplaces, residences or burial sites
Interview transcripts




1985 interview with Howard Simons
February 12, 1992 by Ferris Olin, oral history interview transcript
December 13, 1994 by Theresa Walker “The Interview Process and Report on Louise Noun”
January 29, 1997 by Lauren McCarthy “A Fine and Long Tradition of Community Leadership: An Essay- Louise Noun” February 11 and 24, 1999 by Virginia Wadsley, oral history interview transcript



Interview audiocassettes [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC122-AC123, AC480-481]




April 28, 1991, by J. Vacchiano, 75 mins. (2 audiocassettes)
February11, 24, 1999 by Virginia Wadsley (2 audiocassettes)
Oral history interview transcript, February 11, 24, 1999



Interview videocassettes [shelved in videocassette collection]




"Living in Iowa," IPTV, 1993 (VHS, 5 minutes) [V9]
"In Celebration of Louise Noun," Johnson County Senior Center, March 19,
992 (VHS, 40 minutes) [V33]
"Young Women's Resource Center," March, 1994 (VHS, 15 minutes) [V43]
Iowa Jewish Heritage Project interview, February 18, 1997 (VHS, 20 minutes) [V232]
Underwraps” (VHS, 5 minutes) [V233]



Ms. Foundation award program
National Society of Fundraisers award, 1996
Newspaper clippings, 1962-1996 (scattered)
Newspaper spread: Strong-Minded Women and Women Suffrage in Iowa from Des Moines Register, November 2, 1969 [oversize: in Map Case]
Public Humanities Achievement Award, 1995
Noun Program at Grinnell College, November 30, 1999
Publications- biographical




“A Work Not Yet Finished” in The Grinnell Magazine 3:1. (September – October 1970)
“Pros & cons” in Sedministare: Wellesley Alumni Magazine 62:2. (Winter 1978)
“One Woman’s Journey” in The Iowan vol. 39 no. 1, (Fall 1990)
“Louise Noun and the Iowa Women’s Archives” in Women’s History Network News, Issue 61 (January 1999)
“Louise Rosenfield Noun” by Amy Worthen, Print Council of America Newsletter , Spring 2003
“Twenty Influential Grinnellians of the 20 th Century” in The Grinnell Magazine 32:3. (Spring 2000)
“Recollections of Louise Noun: Still Making a Difference” in The Jewish Women’s Archive Newsletter 2:3. (Fall 2000)



94 th birthday celebration, 2002 [photographs]
Cards found in wallet, 2002 [Hemlock Society, Living Will, etc.]
Obituaries and tributes, 2002 [originals]
Obituaries and tributes, 2002 [copies]
Memorial speakers’ written remarks, September 2002
Memorials, September 2002
Video “Louise Noun Memorial Service,” September 14, 2002 [V240]









Box 2









Family history









Rosenfield, Rose (mother of Louise Noun)




Biographical information
“A Fine Garden From Fine Planting” in The Iowan 2:4. (April – May 1954)



Rosenfield, Meyer (father of Louise Noun)
Rosenfield, Joseph Frankel (brother of Louise Noun)




Des Moines Oral History Project oral history interview transcript by Virginia Wadsley, December 30, 1998
“The Merger Story of Harris-Emery’s As Told By Joseph F. Rosenfield” December 1967
“Joe Rosenfield: The Legend Behind the Legacy” in The Grinnell Magazine, 26:5 (Summer 1994)
Obituary from The Des Moines Register (June 8, 2000)
“The Rosenfield Legacy” in The Des Moines Register (June 9, 2000)
A Tribute to Joseph Frankel Rosenfield ’25 at Grinnell College (July 15, 2000)
“Joseph F. Rosenfield: The Legend and the Legacy” in The Grinnell Magazine 32:4. (Summer 2000)



Rosenfield, Ruth McGregor (sister of Louise Noun)




Photographs and news clippings
Court of International Relations, 1926



Babette Frankel (grandmother of Louise Noun)
Henrietta Frankel Phieffer
Henry and Margo Frankel
Isaiah Frankel
Frankel brothers
Sheuerman Family
“Forebears and Contemporaries” by Bert Strauss
Census and city directory information
Remarks at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun, September 23, 1989















Box 3
























1979-1994 (4 folders)





















Box 4
















1995-2000 (2 folders)






















Fine arts









Des Moines Art Center, undated
Des Moines Art Center catalog, 1985
Des Moines Art Center News, January/February, 2002
Personal Art file
Print Exhibit
19th and 20 th Century American and European Art. . .The Opening of the Des Moines Art Center , June and July 1948
Iowa Collects , Des Moines Art Center, November 13 – December 25, 1973
Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (1980)
Vivian Florig Torrence: Collages and Lithographs , Blandon Memorial Art Museum, October 16-November 20, 1983
Jean Metzinger in Retrospect , University of Iowa Museum of Art, August 31-October 13, 1985
A View of Her Own: Images of Women by Women Artists , Grinnell College, October 2-31, 1987
The Louise Noun Collection, Art by Women , University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1990 (2 folders)
“Art by Women,” a teacher’s guide, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1990















Box 5
















Presentation on the work of Frida Kahlo, Des Moines Art Center, May 27, 1990
Kahlo, Frida, Self Portrait with Loose Hair, from Latin American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Christie’s, 1990
National Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, WCA Honor Awards, 1992
Three Berlin Artists of the Weimar Era: Hannah Hoch, Kathe Kollwitz, Jeanne Mammen , Des Moines Art Center, 1994
Agnes Weinrich (1873-1946) traveling exhibit, 1997-1999
Koen, Irma Rene
The Golden Age of Collage: Dada and Surrealism Eras, 1916-1950
Louise Noun: Gifts and Purchases From Funds , Des Moines Art Center, June 11, 2001
Apocalypse: Prophecies & Visions , Des Moines Art Center, November 17, 2001 – January 13, 2002
















Women's Organizations and Activities









Chrysalis Foundation




1989-1994 (4 folders)





















Box 6

















Noun’s 90 th birthday celebration, “Setting the World on Fire,” March 1998
Sale of Kahlo painting, 1991 [other Kahlo information in Box 4]
Board Manual, 2001



Conference on the Status of Women, February 6, 1965
Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women




First Report of the Commission, 1964




Iowa Women’s Archives




Founding, 1990-1992
Correspondence, 1992 (bulk)



International Women’s Year, 1977
Iowa Abortion Rights Activists League Steering Committee, 1978-1980
Iowa Women’s Political Caucus, 1973
League of Women Voters















Box 7
















National Organization for Women, 1971-1977 (scattered)




Volunteerism, 1970s
History of Des Moines NOW, 1971
Statement by Louise Noun, candidate for board member-at-large, December 17, 1973
Anti-United Way Campaign, 1974-1979
Noun testimony before the Iowa General Assembly on the State Equal Rights Amendment, c. 1980
Iowa NOW Newsletter, December 1982
Des Moines NOW newsletter, 1983 and undated



Speeches and notes, 1974 and undated
Women’s Voices: A Conference for Iowa Women, November 5-7, 1993
Young Women’s Resource Center
















Civil and social activism









Business Record “woman of influence” award, 2000
Iowa Capitol Planning Commission, 1964
Iowa Civil Liberties Union




Correspondence, 1972-1983 (scattered)
“The Iowa Civil Liberties Union: Our Liberties We Prize; Our Rights We Will Maintain” essay by Kelly Wilson, May 2000
Newsletter, The Defender





Letters to the editor, November 15, 1976 and March 1979
The Defender, 1975-1976 (scattered)




Preliminary inventory to materials archived at Special Collections, University of Northern Iowa, March 1981
Women’s Rights/Women and the Law



American Civil Liberties Union




Correspondence- general
Correspondence- Women’s Rights Project, 1972
Meeting minutes, April 1963; December 14-15, 1968; and September 26-27, 1970



American Friends Service Committee, 1972, 1981
Des Moines Park Board
Grays Lake and Paul Watts Brown
Outstanding individual philanthropist award, 1996
Wakonda Committee for Reason and Tolerance















Box 8















Publication and research files









Reviews, 1992
Journey to Autonomy: A Memoir (1990)








Draft ( 7 folders)
Proofs (3 folders)



Strong-Minded Women: the Emergence of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Iowa







More Strong-Minded Women (MSMW) (1989-1992)









General, 1989-1992
Iowa State University Press, 1989-1993 (2 folders)


















Box 9


















University of Iowa Press, 1990







Manuscript drafts (2 folders)
Publisher's proofs (folders 1-2 of 6)
Publisher’s proofs (folders 3-6 of 6)
Taped interviews - audiocassettes [shelved in audiocassette collection]






Anderson, Peg (2 audiocassettes: 63 minutes) [AC223-AC224]
Benware , Virginia (26 minutes) [AC225]
Christensen, Naomi (57 minutes) [AC226]
Conlin, Roxanne (53 minutes) [AC227]
Cranberg, Marcia (14 minutes) [AC228]
Doderer, Minnette (60 minutes) [AC229]
Garst, Mary (35 minutes) [AC230]
Hacker, Bart (54 minutes) [AC231]
Hanley, Sarah (46 minutes) [AC232]
Henry, Phylliss (90 minutes) [AC233]
Smith, Mary Louise (38 minutes) [AC234]
Talbott, Irene (15 minutes)/Johnson, Karen (25 minutes) [AC235]
Green, Mae (15 minutes)/Mathias, Barbara (48 minutes) [AC236]
Kelly, Ann (56 minutes) [AC237]
Mitchell, Beverly (23 minutes) [AC238]
Oleson, Clara (3 audiocassettes: 112 minutes)/Mitchell, Beverly (30 minutes) [AC239-AC241]
Morrissey, Claudia (40 minutes) [AC242]
Scharnau, Ruth (66 minutes) [AC243]
Stone, Kay (2 audiocassettes: 98 minutes) [AC244-AC245 CLOSED until January 1, 2023]
Swartzwalder, Louise (49 minutes) [AC246]
Talkington, Betty (49 minutes) [AC247]
Watkins , Virginia (27 minutes) [AC248]
Wilson, Marie (31 minutes) [AC249]




Transcriptions and correspondence





Anderson, Peg















Box 10


















Benware , Virginia
Christensen, Naomi
Conlin, Roxanne
Doderer, Minnette
Garst, Mary
Hacker, Sally (2 folders)
Hanley, Sarah (2 folders)
Henry, Phylliss
Johnson, Karen
Kelly, Ann
Mathias, Barbara
Mitchell, Beverly
Nye, Deborah
Oleson, Clara
Scharnau, Ruth
Smith, Mary Louise
Stone, Kay [CLOSED until January 1, 2023; filed in box 36]
Swartzwalder, Louise















Box 11


















Talbott, Irene
Talkington, Betty
Watkins , Virginia




Interviewees not included in MSMW






Cranberg, Marcia
Green, Mae
Morrissey, Claudia
Wilson, Marie




Photographs, undated









Anderson, Peg
Benware , Virginia
Christensen, Naomi
Conlin, Roxanne
Garst, Mary
Hacker, Sally
Hanley, Sarah
Henry, Phylliss
Johnson, Karen
Mathias, Barbara
Mitchell, Beverly
Ney, Deborah
Noun, Louise
Oleson, Clara
Smith, Mary Louise
Stone, Kay
Swartzwalder, Louise
Talbott, Irene
Talkington, Betty
W atkins , Virginia




Book signing, Boarders’, West Des Moines, December 6, 1992




Iowa Women in the WPA



























Box 12


















Iowa State University Press, 1998-1999





Manuscripts and drafts







Introduction- edited by Mary Allen, January 1998
Edited by Linda K. Kerber, April 30, 1998
Edited by Amy Worther, June, 1998
Disk printout, November 5, 1998
Final manuscript- author’s printout
Docucomp version















Photocopies of photographs (2 folders)
Index of photographs in the manuscript
Final photographs















Box 13








Ruth Hollingshead
Florence Kerr
“The Organization and Function of the Work Projects Administration in Iowa” by E. J. Kaltenback, August 1937
Topical Files






Defense projects
Des Moines library mural
Final Report: Work Projects Administration, Iowa, 1943
Historical Records Survey
Household aides
Iowa City WPA collection
Iowa Women’s Archives materials
Keokuk County
Legal rights of women
Library projects
Maids’ schools Music
National Youth Administration
Newspaper clippings
Reference books, notes
School lunch and canning
Status of women in the New Deal
















Box 14


















Van Buren County
Writers’ projects














“Radical and Conservative Trends in the Women’s Rights Movement” in Women and Public Policy: A Humanistic Perspective, 1974
“Voting Rights in Iowa” in Iowa Constitution and Essays, March 1978
“Early Days in Germany, in Iowa” in Iowa Woman 3:3. (Summer 1982)
“The Dark Side of Darling’s Character: Anti-Semitism” in The Des Moines Register July 1, 1984
“The Iowa Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument” in The Palimpsest 67:3. (May-June 1986)
"Men shoveled, Women Sewed: Iowa Women in the WPA," Des Moines Register, Dec. 12, 1999.
“Sewing, Cooking, and Cleaning: An Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Iowa Women in the WPA” in The Grinnell Magazine 32:3. (Spring 2000)
“Women in Philanthropy” in The Des Moines Business Record (December 2001)



Research files










“Obscene” works at the Des Moines Art Center, 1991
Carrie Chapman Catt, 1992
Roadside settlement house/Flora Dunlap, 1993
Old age, 1994





Amelia Bloomer










Correspondence, 1983-1991
















Box 15

















“Amelia Bloomer: A Biography, Part I” in The Annals of Iowa 47:7. (Winter 1985)
“Amelia Bloomer: A Biography, Part II” in The Annals of Iowa 47:8. (Spring 1985)




Abastenia St. Leger Eberle









Des Moines Art Center Bulletin, July-August 1980
Des Moines Art Center Guide, July 15-August 17, 1980
Janis Conner
George Arents Library, Syracuse
Biographical information
Brookgreen Gardens
Amiel Brown
Christie, Manson, and Wood
Doris Cook
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Eberle Letters to C. Crosley Miscellaneous
Music School Settlement
Lillian Nassau
National Sculpture Society
Beatrice Gilman Proske
Barbara Park Racusen
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Stewart, Eric G.
Strishock, Daniel
Wheelright, Olive
Williams, Bonnie Blair
White Slave
Art and Archeology
Arts and Decoration
International Studio
Exhibition Catalogs
Frick Art Reference Library
Gorham Company
Huntington, Anna Hyat
Inquiries: location of works and papers
Kendall Young Library
Abastenia St. Leger Eberle
Library of Congress
Mary E. Mullen – Los Angeles
















Box 16

















Women Sculptors
Newspaper articles
Photos and Illustration of works
Photos of Eberle
Women Sculptors- Iowa
Women Sculptors- United States
Copyright entries
Women as Sculptors
Social views and views on role of the artist
Mother, father, and sister
Art Student’s League, 1899-1902
Italy and Paris, 1907-1908, 1913
Studio W-3, 1912-1937
Armory Show, 1913
Mac Beth Show, 1921
Webster City gift, 1922
Notes on artwork (2 folders)
















Box 17

















Notes on artwork (2 folders)









Abner Kneeland
















Salubria , Iowa settlement
Sherman, Harry. “Abner Kneeland: Religious Pioneer,” B. D. Thesis, Tufts College, May 1953
Tudor, Stephen H. M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, undated






Correspondence, 1965-1975
Issues and Concerns







Birth Control
Free thought
Orthography and spelling
Religion, “Free Enquirer”
Religion, Trial (2 folders)
Religion, regional notes
Unitarianism and Universalism
















Box 18


















Contemporary Activists












Knowlton, Charles
Owen, Robert, Dale
W right , Frances




Harriet Ketcham










Biographical information
Correspondence, 1983-1986
Notes for “Iowa Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument” article





Annie Nowlin Savery










“Annie Savery: A Voice for Women’s Rights” in The Palimpsest 44:1 (Summer 1977)
“Annie Savery: Pioneer Feminist” in Des Moines Register, August 4, 1996
Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame Induction, August 23, 1997 [also see artifacts stored in Box 29]
Draft manuscript: “A Remarkable Woman: Annie Nowlin Savery in Her Own Words”




Emily Blackmore Stapp










Biographical information
















Box 19

















Biographical information
Correspondence, 191-1997
“Emily Blackmore Stapp and her Go-Hawks Happy Tribe: A World War I Children’s Crusade” in The Palimpsest, 77:4. (Winter 1996)



Nellie Verne Walker










Biographical information (2 folders)
Correspondence, research and publication, 1981-1985
Correspondence, Historical Encyclopedia of Chicago Women, 1995
“Making Her Mark: Nellie Verne Walker, Sculptor” in The Palimpsest 68:4. (Winter 1987)





Agnes Weinrich










Biographical information (2 folders)
Probate documents, 1946-1948
Weinrich family genealogy“Agnes Weinrich” in Women’s Art Journal 16:2. (Fall 1995-Winter 1996)
Des Moines Art Center exhibit, 1996-1998 and undated
European trip diary, 1909

















Box 20

















Exhibitions, 1917-1946, 1988
Knaths, Helen- legal documents, 1974-1982
Knaths, Karl- biographical materials, 1931-1983 (scattered)
Provincetown Art Association exhibits, 1915-1964
Provincetown Painters Articles, 1991-1995 (scattered)
Correspondence, 1989-1996

















Notes and contracts, 1993-1995
Blashford, Edward

















Box 21

















[See Scrapbooks]





















Box 22
















Agnes Weinrich



















Weinrich family
Weinrich paintings





















Boxes 23-26

















[See Scrapbooks]





















Box 27
















L eader and Pariah: Annie Savery and the Campaign for Women’s Rights in Iowa, 1868-1891 [originally titled: “A Remarkable Woman: Annie Savery in Her Own Words”]





Manuscript draft
Original manuscript before editing
Savery chronology
Letters to Bloomer,1869-1870




1867-1891, scattered (10 folders)
Laura Fair
Bee keeping
Letters from Washington, 1873
Huntington finding file
Huntington Library letters
Misc. letters Huntington Library
Martha Callanan
Lizzie Boynton Harbert
Annals of Iowa article, 1977
Pioneer Club speech, 1996
Savery article, 1996
Correspondence, 1999-2001





















Box 28
























“Notable American Women” project at University of Iowa library, 1971 and 1975
1970-1988 (13 folders)















Box 29
















1989-1992 (13 folders)
















Box 30
















1993-1996 (8 folders)





















Box 31
















1997-2000 (8 folders)
Iowa State University Press, 1995-1998





















Personal journal and correspondence









Birthdays and anniversaries, undated



















Box 32
















Journal, May 17, 1997-November 6, 2000
Personal correspondence, 1984-2000





























Noun art collection
Tribute to Louise Rosenfield Noun dinner, May 1990
Young Women’s Resource Center, 1978-1983 (scattered)
Family photographs
Gloria Steinem event, October 1, 1996
Noun and Gloria Steinem, 2002
Ms. Foundation award dinner, May 1995
League Women Voters award, 1950
Women’s Voices Conference, 1993
Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith undated

















Box 21















Scrapbooks [shelved in oversize collection]



























Box 23





































Box 24





































Box 25





































Box 26
















Bernie Lorenz Recovery house, 2000





















Box 33
























Pins and buttons










Campaign poster: Chisholm, 1972 [oversized, stored in map case]
Gloria Steinem speaking, sponsored by the Chrysalis Foundation, Des Moines Iowa, October 1, 1996 [oversized, stored in map case]
1969 Des Moines Register four page spread on “Strong Minded Women of Iowa” [oversized, stored in drawer 5, map case]



Publication duplicates




















Box 34
















ERA sash and pendant
Annie Nowlin Savery Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame Award, 1997
















Box 35
















Roosevelt High School Alumni Hall of Fame Plaque, undated
University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award, 1994
Iowa Arts Award, 2002
National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) medal, 2002
Cryo-portrait, undated
Black and white tassels, undated
















Box 36









Publication and research files









More Strong-Minded Women








Transcriptions and correspondence







Stone, Kay [CLOSED until January 1, 2023]



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