Iowa Women's Archives
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RECORDS, 1871-2004
1.75 linear feet


Iowa Women's Archives
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University of Iowa Libraries
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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Theristriai Club Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The records (donor no. 1093) were donated by Pat Klopfenstein in 2007.
The records are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.   
In Box 4.
Processed by:
Liz Crooks, 2007. [TheristriaiClub.doc]


The Theristriai Club of Marion, Iowa was founded in April 1867.  In its early days the club was dedicated to the study of classics, drama, architecture, and Shakespeare.  After the turn of the 20th century, the study of psychology, public service, education, electrification, and home economics became the club’s focus.  Serious study gradually gave way to social affairs such as club tableaux, picnics, teas, and dinners.  The Theristriai Club is a member of the Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Scope and Content Note

The Theristriai Club records date from 1871 to 2003 and measure 1.75 linear feet.  Minutes, handwritten in bound journals or ledgers, (most of which include additional loose papers in the front cover), date from 1871 to 1999, with a gap from 1872 to 1891. Two scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs and programs for each meeting; the 1930-1931 scrapbook received an Award of Excellence from the Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs.    Newspaper clippings include local coverage of club social activities and fundraising events.  A comprehensive club history, written on the occasion of the club’s 100th anniversary in 1967, is located in the anniversary folder.  Programs booklets outline the study theme for the year, and provide lists active, inactive, deceased, and committee members. Programs are, for the most part, professionally produced with handmade finished details.  The collection does not include programs for the years1908-10, 1949-50, 1951-53, and 1962-63. Two books on parliamentary procedure complete the collection.  Several photographs and negatives feature women’s gatherings and area homes. 

Related Collections

OOP (Marion, Iowa)
In 1891 Theristriai split into two organizations, one called the Theristriai, the other OOP.


Box List

Box 1                  
  Constitution and by-laws, 1969 and undated
Minutes, 1871, 1891-1934 (8 folders)
Box 2                  
  Minutes, 1934-1989 (6 folders)
Box 3                  
  Minutes, 1990-1999
Scrapbooks, 1929-1931 (2 folders)
Newspaper clippings, 1904-1991
Correspondence, 1958-1991
100th anniversary, 1967


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