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



COLLECTION, 1880-1967
(bulk 1916-1960)
2.75 linear feet


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

Phone: 319-335-5068
Fax: 319-335-5900
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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Welch and Angrick Collection, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The Welch and Angrick Collection (donor no. 155) was donated by Maryjo Welch and William Angrick in 1993 and subsequent years
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has beentransferred to The University of Iowa.
In Box 1.
Processed by:
Randel W. Lackore, 1995 and 1996; Elizabeth Engel, 2005; Sharon M. Lake, 2007. [WelchandAngrick.doc]


Maryjo Welch and William Angrick purchase collections at auctions and later donate material relating to Iowa women to the Iowa Women's Archives.

The Campfire Girls organization was founded in 1910.  Heart of Hawkeye Council of Campfire Girls is one of 230 local councils that,"...provides through a program of informal education, opportunities for youth to realize their potential and to function effectively as responsible, caring and self-directed individuals."(fromthe Encyclopedia of Associations 1995)  The name of the organization was changed to Campfire Boys and Girls in 1979.

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union was an organization involved in effecting social change by making the sale and consumption of alcohol illegal.  This group viewed drinking as the root of all family problems and societal ills.

The Iowa Department of the Woman's Relief Corps (WRC) was founded on July 8, 1884 as an auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic.  The WRC was organized as a patriotic order to provide comfort and aid to Union veterans of the Civil War.  The WRC, whose members were the wives and daughters of these veterans, also distributed patriotic material and flags to schools.  Several women from Iowa served as national presidents of the WRC including: Jenny Iowa Berry (Box 1, WRC, National, History), Marie L. Basham, Elizabeth L. Kothe and Harriette G. McCollough (Box 1, WRC, National, Past presidents).  For more information on the history of the WRC consult: History, Department of Iowa, Woman's Relief Corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, available at the main library.

Scope and Content Note

The Welch and Angrick collection dates from 1880 to 1967 and measures 2.75 linear feet. 

            The Campfire Girls records (1950-1967) contain the program bulletin sent from the regional Heart of Hawkeye Council to the local leaders to guide activities that would be both educational and entertaining for the girls.

            The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) records (1896-1958) include temperance speeches that give insight into attitudes about alcohol consumption at the end of the nineteenth century.

            The Woman's Relief Corps records (1888-1957) are arranged under two headings Iowa department and National.  Of interest is the history of Jenny I. Berry (Box 1, Woman's Relief Corps, National, History, 1944-1951 and undated).  Berry's life provides information on national women's organizations and her role in the WRC and other groups.  The correspondence of Marie L. Basham, a past national president, shows the inner workings of the corps and the political posturing done by various state corps to get their own candidate elected to national office.

            The Helen Grundman papers (1928-1932) consist of two 4-H scrapbooks.  The Des Moines Ladies Band records (1923-1948) consist of a scrapbook documenting the career of the Des Moines Ladies Band, which performed from 1923 to 1928.  About two-thirds of the scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, and other materials about the band and its members.  The rest of the scrapbook includes articles on various topics.


Box List

Box 1                  
  Campfire Girls
    Heart of Hawkeye Council      
      Annual reports, 1956-1960, 1965
Program bulletins , 1950-1967 (3 folders)
Golden Jubilee, 1960
    Daughters of Mokanna
      Minutes, 1936-1946
    Des Moines Women's Club

Annual announcements, 1930-1936
Programs, 1935, 1952

    Order of Pythian Sisters

Annual reports, 1936, 1939, 1951
Convention programs, [scattered] 1924-1946
Iowa pythian sisters home, 1935 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1923-1927 and undated
Official circular letters from the Grand Chief, 1924-1927

    Rebeka Lodge
      Ceremonies and instruction book, 1949
Pamphlets, 1916-1917
    Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Iowa
      Newspaper clippings, 1923, 1958
Postcards (Francis E. Willard house), undated
Speeches, 1896 and undated
Temperance pamphlets, 1913, 1937, 1939 and undated
    Woman's Foreign Missionary Society
      Annual report booklets
        Fiftieth annual report of the Des Moines branch, 1933
First decade of the western branch (Minneapolis), 1880

Hand bills, 1919, 1925
Missionaries of the Des Moines branch booklet, 1914

    Woman's Relief Corps
      Iowa department
        Audit, 1949
Convention journals
          1919 and 1928 (2 folders)      
        District conventions
          Memorabilia, 1908, 1917
Programs, 1917, 1927, 1949
        Headquarters news, 1935-1936
Officer candidate endorsements, 1907-1908, 1917, 1934
Photographs, 1940, 1955, 1961
President's address, 1930, 1935, 1948
Roster, 1930, 1935
        Activities and services, 1936
Constitution, 1927
Conventions, 1922, 1926 and undated
Convention planning, 1938
Expense summary, 1921-1933
Headquarters news, 1920-1926, 1935-1936, 1949-1950 and undated
Historical markers and memorials, 1925, 1945-1947
History, 1944-1951 and undated
Messenger, 1922
Newspaper clippings, 1951-1957 and undated
Past presidents
          Basham, Marie L.
            Correspondence, 1904-1953 and undated
Disbound scrapbook, 1923-1928 and undated
Lock of hair, 1922, 1951
          Kothe, Elizabeth L., 1938
McCollough, Harriette G.
            Convention notebook, 1950
Presidency memorabilia, 1950 and undated
Photographs, 1959, 1964 and undated
Publicity scrapbook, 1949-1950 [oversize: shelved in box 4]
          Photographs, undated
Ritual booklets, 1888, [scattered] 1923-1953
Roster, 1937
Box 2                  
  Helen Grundman      
    4-H Scrapbooks
Box 3                  
Box 4                  
  Woman's Relief Corps      
    Past Presidents
      McCollough, Harriette G.
        Publicity Scrapbook, 1949-50      
Box 5                  

Des Moines Ladies Band

    Scrapbook, 1923-1948      


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