IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
PATRICIA J. PARDUN (1924- )
2.1 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 25) were donated by Patricia Pardun, in 1985 and 1998.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
In Box 5.
Special Collections Staff; Lori Jargo, 1993; and Stacy Ross, 2001. [PardunP.doc]
Patrica Pardun was born in Independence, Iowa on October 23, 1924 to Allen and Mattice Smith. She attended the University of Dubuque for one year and the University of Iowa for two years. She was elected to her first political post, precinct committeewoman of Harrison Township in Benton Count, Iowa in 1953. In 1954 she became vice-chair of the Benton County Republican Party. Pardun held this post until becoming a member of the Republican State Central committee in 1959. In 1967, Patricia Pardun was elected vice-chair of the Republican State Central Committee, a position she held until February 1973. She served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1968, 1972, and 1976. During and after her years in office, Patricia Pardun was very active in Republican women’s organizations, Farm Bureau women’s organizations, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Parent Teacher Association.
Scope and Content Note
The Patricia Pardun papers measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1959 to 1978, with only a few items extending beyond 1975. Patricia Pardun was an important figure in Iowa Republican Party politics from 1959-1976. Although the collection is rich in information about the Iowa Republican Party and the national Republican Party from 1966 to 1973, there is little in the papers pertaining to Patricia Pardun’s official duties during her career and very little of a biographical nature. Researchers should examine the newspaper clippings for information outlining Patricia Pardun’s political career. The Patricia Pardun papers are arranged in seven series: Correspondence and Social Information, National Republican Party, Iowa Republican Party, Women in Politics and the Republican Party, Projects and Committees, and Slides, Photographs, and Artifacts.
The Correspondence files contain a copy of a letter written to Patricia Pardun by Richard Nixon during the 1968 presidential campaign, as well as letters from mary Louise Smith, Governor Robert D. Ray, Lt. Governor Arthur Neu, Congressmen H.R. Gross and Wiley Mayne, Iowa Attorney General Richard C. Turner, and Iowa Secretary of State Melvyn Synhorst, among others. Most of these letters pertain to Pardun’s resignation as vice-chair of the Republican State Central Committee in 1973.
The papers concerning the National Republican Party are mostly made up of convention information from 1968, 1972, and 1976 and publications from party headquarters. These publications include The History of the Republican Party 1854-1968, published by the National Committee in 1968, and various party pamphlets.
The bulk of the collection contains information on the Iowa Republican Party. This portion of the collection contains state party platforms, information about state conventions from 1954 to 1974, copies of the Iowa party newsletter, State finance committee information, and information concerning party members in each district and county. Included in thie portion of the collection are copies of the Iowa Republican County Handbook from 1962 and 1963, state party organization lists from 1970 to 1973, and minutes from state central committee meetings from February 1969 and 1971 to 1973. This information would be particularly useful to researchers interested in Iowa party politics and activities of the Republican Party at the state and local levels.
An important segment of this collection included information concerning Women in Politics and the Republican Party. Specifically, this portion includes information on the Women’s Division of the Republican National Committee, the National Federation of Republican Women, and the Iowa Council of Republican Women. Various handbooks from each of these groups are included in this portion of the collection. A major asset to this collection is the booklet, Women in Public Service, published in August 1971 by the Women’s Division of the Republican National Committee. This booklet contains information on women in the Republican Party as well as women of all parties in Congress (through 1971). The report also lists the women in the Nixon presidential administration and women in federal agencies like the Department of Agriculture. Over half of the report is a state by state listing of all women in state office (elected and appointed), which includes elected county officials. This publication is very rich in data that would be easily converted into statistics concerning women in politics.
The Projects and Committees series contains information regarding activities Patricia Pardun was involved in within the Republican Party. These activities include, but are not limited to: legislative campaigns, Absentee and Special Ballot projects, voter registration projects, and “Opportunities Unlimited” conventions in Wisconsin and Iowa. Specific items contained here are mainly propaganda items such as fliers, booklets, pamphlets, and informative cards. Information concerning projects such as the Absentee and Special Ballot projects contain propaganda items as well as meeting notes and legislative information.
At the end of the collection are various Slides, Photographs, and Artifacts. The slides are all of Patricia Pardun speaking and attending a conference. The photographs include Pardun with Mary Louise Smith, Pat Nixon, Billie Ray, Senator Bourke Hickenlooper, Senator Jack Miller, and Congressman John Kyl. The artifacts mostly consist of nametags and ribbons from various conventions and pins and items relating to Pardun’s career in the Republican Party.
Box no. Description
Correspondence and Articles
Including letters from:
Bromwell, James E.
Drake, Richard, F.
Gross, H. R.
Henry, John M.
Mooty, W. L.
Neu, Arthur A.
Ray, Robert D.
Smith, Mary Louise
Stanley, David M.
Synhorst, Melvin D.
Turner, Richard C.
1963-1972 and undated
Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1972
National Republican Party
Republican Party National Platform, 1964
Republican National Convention Booklet, 1968
Rules of Republican National Convention, 1968
Republican National Convention Booklet, 1972
Republican National Convention Booklet, 1976
Opportunities Unlimited Conventions
The History of the Republican Party 1854-1965
Publications and Press Releases
“Congressional Record” Speeches, 1959 and 1963
The Joint Senate-House Republican Leadership Press Releases,
Midwest Vice Chairman list, 1969
Midwest States Campaign Management Seminar, 1971
Presidential Inaugural Programs and Invitations,1969 and 1973
“Republican News” August 25, 1971
“Public Misinformation: The Credibility Gap”
Weisburg and Rusk Dimensions of Campaign Evaluation
“The Republican Report”, 1963
“They Grade the Congress”, 1966
Republican Research Reports, 1966-1967
Iowa Republican Party
Constitution of the Republican Party of Iowa, adopted 1970
Iowa Republican County Handbook, 1962
Iowa Republican County Handbook, 1963
Iowa Republican Directory
Iowa Republican Fundraising, 1972-1974
Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1966-1970
Iowa Republican County Chairmen and Vice Chairmen,
Memorandum: By District County Status Survey, 1965
Minutes: Republican State Central Committee Meetings,
February 1969, 1971-1973
Republican Handbook for Precinct Committeemen and
Precinct Committeewomen, 1971-1972
Republican State Finance Committee of Iowa: Summary of
Balances, Receipts, and Disbursements, 1972
Senate File 583: Iowa Campaign Disclosure Act, 1973
Special Legislative Elections Requirements, 1966
Speech Introductions: Ralph McCartney and Robert D. Ray
State Central Committee Sub-committees, 1971-1972
State Party Organization Lists, 1970-1973
Structure of the Iowa Republican Party
Young Voters’ Division, 1971
“Historic Crawfordsville and the Republican Party” program, 1966
Iowa Conference on Improving the Teaching of Politics, 1962
“Central Committee: Precinct to State”, July 1963
Iowa General Assembly…In Action, 1963
Report to Hawkeye State: Senator Jack miller, 1963 and 1965
Organization (presentation and notes), 1965
Press Release: “Mrs. Glen Pardun…IA Conference Vice
Memo from John Kyl to Republican Committee 4th District, 1967
I.A. Republican Party newsletters (various publications) 1969-1972
Instructions Relating to elections and Voting Procedures
“The White Paper”, 1970
Programs for Tributes and Dinners
H. R. Gross Tribute Dinner, 1972
Gubernatorial Inaugural Programs, 1961-1973
Burke B. Hickenlooper Testimonial Dinners, 1961 and 1968
The Lindsay Dinner, 1968
Jack Miller Appreciation Dinner, 1971
Programs from State Conventions, 1956-1974
Programs from State Presidential Conventions, 1960-1972
State Judicial Convention, 1960
State Platforms, 1962-1972
Platform Proposal Information, 1978
State Platform and Convention, 1978
Republican Women and Women in Politics
National Federation of Republican Women
1968 Convention: Bylaws, Agenda, Program, etc.
Service Committee on Republican Education
Republican Women’s Conferences, 1962-1976
“The Elephant’s Digest” and “Do-Re-Mi” Booklets, 1962
“Nuts and Bolts”
The Republican Clubwoman
“Role of Women in the 1964 Republican National
Skits (three folders)
“Keep It Clean”, 1962
The Gals of ’63
Target ’64 Newsletters
Women’s Division of the Republican National
Committee Publications, 1963
Women For a Republican Congress, 1968
“Women Key to GOP Victory”, 1962 and 1964 elections
Patricia Nixon Newspaper Clippings, 1969
First Ladies Club
Iowa Council of Republican Women
“The Iowa Indicator” newsletter, 1964-1969
Proposed Amendments to Bylaws…
Iowa Federation of Republican Women
Advisory Board and Club Officer Lists, 1968-1696
Iowa Women’s Political Caucus, 1974
Linn County Republican Women
“To Be Effective…Be INFORMED” Reading list
Notes from meetings
Women in Public Service, 1971
Projects and Committees
1964 Campaign Fliers: National Committeewoman
1964 Goldwater- Miller Campaign
1966 Kyl for Congress
1968 The Nixon Yearbook
1972 Robert Ray Governor Campaign
1972 Governor and Lt. Governor Campaign Budget
1972 Nixon Re-election Campaign
1978 Oakley Lieutenant Governor Committee
1960 “Communist Party, USA” by J. Edgar Hoover
1962 Farm Bureau and Iowa State University Extension Office
1965 “Role of Polls in a Democracy” by George Gallup
1972 COPE pamphlets
Democrats v. Republicans
Iowa State Department of Health Information
“Make Time for Politics”
Republican Party Activities
Voter Canvassing, 1960 and 1972
Education for Action, 1965
Senate File 665/ Voter Reform Bill, 1969
Absentee Ballot Project, 1972 (three folders)
Campaign Planning Information Exercise, 1972
Special Ballot Project, 1972 (two folders)
“Target ‘72” Registration, 1972
“Action Now Day”
Teen Age Republicans
Photographs, Slides and Artifacts
Mary Louise Smith
Senator Burke Hickenlooper
Senator Jack Miller
Congressman John Kyl
City Key of Indianapolis (Richard G. Lugar, Mayor)