»PAPERS, DATES:»1965-1983

»QUANTITY:»3.75 linear feet




The »papers (donor no. 272) were donated by »Jo Rabenold through the Women’s Resource and Action Center in 1994.


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


Your name, year»Marnie Schroer, 1995.



            Begin text here:»Jo Rabenold lived in Iowa City during the 1970s and early 1980s.  She was a political activist interested in a variety of causes, especially those regarding women and sexuality.  She participated in many groups in Iowa City, including the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Lesbian Alliance.  In fact, one acquaintance describes her as "a roving lesbian" who devoted her time and energy wherever needed. 



Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The» Jo Rabenold papers date from »1965 to 1983 and measure »3.75 linear feet.  The »papers »are arranged in »eight series:  »Action Studies courses, Clippings and resource files, Conferences, Events and leisure, Organizations, Publications, Political causes and Surveys.


            Action Studies was a University of Iowa program founded in 1968 to ensure variety within University course offerings.  The Action Studies courses series (1965-1972) contains materials from courses in African-American studies and from a women's poetry reading.


            The Clippings and resource files series (1972-1982) contains clippings files on various topics of interest to Rabenold.  Many of these files relate to the subjects of female sexuality--especially lesbianism--and feminism.  There are also files on discrimination, disabilities and weight prejudice.


            The Conferences series (1974-1982) consists of materials related to a variety of conferences held during the mid-1970s and early 1980s.  It includes handouts, promotional materials, and registration forms.


            The Events and leisure series (1976-1982) contains materials primarily related to local events.  The series includes flyers and posters for events such as book readings, dances and lectures.  There are also clippings on subjects such as Billie Jean King and local gay bars.


            The Organizations series (1972-1983) incorporates information on various, primarily women's, organizations.  It includes materials about the Emma Goldman Clinic, the Gay Liberation Front, the Lesbian Alliance (LA), a few lesbian support services, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), the Women's Coffeehouse and the Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC).  A large number of Better Homes and Dykes, the Lesbian Alliance newsletter, is included.


            The Publications series (1971-1983) primarily consists of issues from a variety of gay and women's periodicals.  The periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title.  Blank lines have been left to indicate the separation between folders.  Most of the periodicals are from the 1970s and represent attempts at independent publishing, often by a collective.  Many were short-lived with narrow distribution.  The series also includes a few promotional materials about Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, a journal published in Iowa City, and some poetry chapbooks.


            The Political causes series (1975-1982) covers several issues of interest to Rabenold, including: the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, and nuclear energy.  Most of the folders are comprised mainly of newspaper clippings; however, the protest letters and petitions folder contains several complaints written by Rabenold.  These include letters to Ms. magazine and to Lynn Watson, author of Alimony, or, Death of a Clock.  Rabenold chastises Watson for using thinly-disguised descriptions of people and events from the Women's Coffeehouse. 


            The final series, Surveys (1976-1980), contains surveys about a variety of women's issues.  The lesbian health survey folder mainly involves a survey done by a physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals.  It includes a copy of the survey as well as a copy of a paper prepared from the survey findings.




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Women's Resource and Action (WRAC) records

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Box 1

»Action Studies courses

African-American studies

Bibliographies and handouts, 1965, 1968-1969

Readings, 1966-1971, and undated

Women's poetry reading, 1972


Clippings and resource files

Advertisement clippings, 1973, 1978-1981 and undated

Alternative resources and women's businesses

General, 1977, 1979-1980, 1982

Non-traditional occupations, 1977-1978, 1980 and undated

Women's land groups, 1980-1982 and undated

Women's networks, 1978-1979

Consciousness-raising, 1982 and undated

Disabilities, 1978-1979, 1981 and undated

Feminist issues

General, 1972-1982


General, 1974-1982 and undated

Female firefighters, 1979, 1981 and undated

Female sexuality, 1975, 1978, 1980-1981 and undated

Sexual harassment and violence

General, 1979-1982 and undated

Box 2

Rape, 1971, 1975-1981 and undated

Joan Little, 1975 and undated

Theater (Goona Goona), 1981

Youth, 1976, 1981

Women's liberation scrapbooks (2 folders), 1968-1972

FBI, 1972-1973, 1978

Herstory (feminist history)

Gay and lesbian issues

General, 1970-1977, 1980-1981 and undated

Films, 1980-1982 and undated

Gay marriage, 1976

Gay rights legislation, 1976-1978 and undated

Lesbian health, 1975, 1982

Lesbian humor, 1979-1980 and undated

Lesbian relationships

General, 1975-1980 and undated

Butch/femme, 1981

Sado-masochism, 1979, 1981

Gay and lesbian issues

Student Senate appropriations, 1973-1975

Transsexuals, 1971-1977 and undated

Obituaries and memorials, 1981-1982 and undated

Alison Belding, 1981

Kathy Bertelson, 1981

Linda Knox, 1982

Jane Weiss, 1981


Box 3

People, 1977-1982

    Rusty Barcelo, 1980-1982

    Leona Durham, 1977

    Barbara Ettleson, 1978

    Susan Guenther, 1978

    K.C. Lee, 1978 [Coralville Car salesperson]

    Tracy Moore, 1979

    Jane Viemeister, 1979 and undated

    Barbara Yates, 1977

Weight prejudice, 1978-1979, 1981-1982 and undated



Iowa Women’s Weekend, 1974

1974 Midwest Gay Pride Conference

1975 Midwest Gay Pride Conference

Midwest Lesbian Conference, 1976

Midwest Human Rights Conference, 1978

Women Against Racism, 1982

Women at Iowa, 1982

Miscellaneous (non-Iowa) 1981 and undated


Events and leisure

Dances, 1979, 1981 and undated

Gay bars, 1976, 1978-1980 and undated

Speakers and readings, 1978-1979

Women's music, 1977-1981 and undated

“Women producing Women” handbook, 1976 [for producing benefits, cultural events, rallies, and demonstrations]

Women's sports, 1976, 1979 and undated

Billie Jean King clippings, 1981-1982

Miscellaneous, 1979-1981 and undated



Emma Goldman Clinic

Clippings, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1983 and undated

Newsletters, 1979-1980 (scattered) and undated

Pamphlets and handouts, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1981 and undated

Gay Liberation Front, 1972-1974, 1977 and undated

Lesbian Alliance

General, 1978-1981 and undated

Better Homes and Dykes


Box 4

1978-1980 (scattered)

1981-1983 (scattered)

Announcements and cover art, 1976, 1979-1981 and undated

Social committee surveys, 1978

Lesbian support services, 1975?, 1981-1982

Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), 1975-1977, 1979-1982 and undated

Women's Coffeehouse

Minutes, 1980-1981

Organizational history and pledge drives, 1981-1982 and undated

Signs, flyers, and calendars, 1975-1982 and undated

Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC)

General, 1980-1981 and undated

Bijou complaint, 1981


1974-1975 (scattered)

Box 5

1976-1979 (scattered)



Political causes

Campaigns and events, 1980-1981 and undated

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

General, 1975-1977, 1979-1981 and undated

Phyllis Schlafly, 1977, 1980-1981 and undated

Nuclear energy, 1980 and undated

Protest letters and petitions, 1980, 1982 and undated

Reproductive rights, 1975, 1979 and 1982



General, 1976 and undated

Lesbian health, 1978-1980



Chap books, 1975 and undated

Common Lives/Lesbian Lives

Promotional materials, 1981 and undated

Periodical issues

Aphra, v. 4:3, 1973

Broomstick, v. IV:1, 1982

Chicago Women's Directory, 1974

Chromo-Uri, Spring 1974

Country Women, no. 18, 25, 29; 1976-1978

Day Tonight/Night Today, March 1981

The Gay Alternative, no. 6, 9-10; 1974-1975

Gay-La, no. 8, 1976

Hot Flash, v. 1:1, 1981

Hysteria, v. 1:1-2, 1980

The Ladder, v. 15-16 (scattered issues); 1971-1972


Box 6

The Lavender Express, v. 4:4, 1981

The Leaping Lesbian, v. 3:2-3, undated

Lesbian/Lesbienne, v. 1:1, 1979-1980

Lesbian Connection

1975-1976 (scattered issues)

1977-1983 (scattered issues)

September 1977-August 1983 (scattered)

The Lesbian Feminist, 1976-1978 (scattered)

The Lesbian Tide, August 1974, September/October 1979, May/June 1980

Lesbian Voices, v. IV:2, 1981

Monthly Cycle, v. 1:12, 1981

Motive, v. 32:1, 1972

Mountain Loving, v. III:2, 1978

Otherviews, 1982

Prime Time, v. 4:1,3; 1976

So's Your Old Lady, no. 8, 1975

Telewoman, undated

The Tide, v. 3:7, 1976

Unicorn, v. 1:3, 1981

We Got It, v. 1:8, 1975

The Wishing Well, v. 7:1, 1981

Womanfire, v. II:3, 1976

Women as Women, December 1974

Women's Liberation: Notes from the Second Year, 1970

Women's Network, no. 11, 1981

Womynlovers, v. 1:2, 1981

Box 7


Publications (gay and women's)

Periodical issues

Amazon, v. 7:2, 1978

Blazing Star, v. 4:3, 1978

Distaff, v. 1:4, 1973

Dykes and Gorgons, v. 1:1, 1973

Everywoman, v. II:10, 1971

The Feminist Connection, v. 1:10, 1981

The Feminist Voice, v. 1:4, 1971

Full Moon, no. 1, 1972?

The Furies, January 1972

Gay Liberator, no. 40, 1974

Gay Life, v. 3:33, 1978

Lesbians Rising, 1977

Majority Report, v. 4:9, 1974

New Directions for Women, v. 8:3, 1979

New Women's Times, no. 6, 1979

The Other Woman, v. 2:5-6, 1974

Pandora, May-June 1974

Plexus, v. 6:6,1979

Rhinocerus, v. 1:1, 1974

Sister, v. IV:4, v. V:12; 1975 and undated

Something About Women, v. II:3, 1981

Spectre-6, January-February, 1972

Whole Woman, v. 1:6, 1973

Women's Liberation, undated

Women's Press, v. 4:3, 1974


Box 8

Big Mama Rag, 1975-1978 and 1981-1982


Box 9

Gay Community News

1978-1981 (scattered)

1982 (scattered issues)


Box 10

Lavender Woman, v. 2:3, 5-6, v. 3:1, 4-5,   v. 4:5; 1973-1975



Box 11


The Lesbian Insider/Insighter/Inciter, no. 4, 9, 11; 1981-1983


Box 12

RAT, no. 16-24, 1970-1971