IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
CORA CALL WHITLEY (1862-1937)
1.1 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 226) were donated by Whitley M. Hemingway, Cora Call Whitley's grandson, in 1994.
The papers are open for research.
»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Your name, year»Natalie S. Brody, 1995.
Cora Call Whitley, prominent conservationist and club woman, was born on May 7, 1862 in Rowelsburg, West Virginia, to the Reverend L.N. Call, a Baptist minister, and Mary (Guyon) Call. The family moved to Iowa in 1867 where Cora Call attended public school in Hampton and Webster City, graduating from the Cedar Valley seminary in Osage. She taught high school in Webster City until her marriage in 1882 to Dr. Francis E. Whitley. Their three children were Gladys, Grace, and Guyon. Dr. Whitley died in 1918 and Cora Whitley remained in Webster City until her death in 1937. Cora Whitley was widely recognized for her pioneering role in conservation, her organizational ability, and her gift as a speaker.
Whitley was active in church organizations, local women's clubs, the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R). and numerous state and national organizations. She was well-known for her involvement during World War I as the state chairman for the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense, working to organize women in Iowa for various phases of war work. She also assumed leadership positions in the Federation of Women's Clubs of which she served as Iowa president from 1915-1917. Whitley later became a prominent national leader of the General Federation of Women's Clubs' conservation activities. One of her special projects was the "Outdoor Good Manners" campaign in 1925. Whitley died on December 20, 1937. She was honored for her conservation work with the establishment of the Whitley Forest at Lake Ahquahi State Park, near Indianola, Iowa.
Scope and Content Note
The Cora Call Whitley papers date from 1917 to 1937 and measure 1.l linear feet. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical information, Council of National Defense Women's Committee, and Conservation.
The Biographical information series (1921-1937) contains newspaper clippings about Whitley's life and activities, some of her writings and speeches, and correspondence not related to specific projects.
Whitley's activities during World War I are included in the Council of National Defense Women's Committee series (1915-1917). The series comprises general information about the national and state organizations as well as information about specific programs and committees, including the Child Welfare Committee, Children's Year, and Weighing and Measuring Tests. Both the organizational and program materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings and memoranda.
Whitley's environmental concerns are highlighted in the Conservation series (1920-1936) which includes publications of the General Federation of Women's Clubs; information on Iowa issues; and national concerns including the "Outdoor Good Manners" campaign, forestry and tree planting programs and the activities of the Izaak Walton League. A number of pamphlets and publications on conservation issues completes the series.
Box no. Description
Correspondence, 1921-1935 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1917-1937, scattered
Writings, speeches, 1924-1927 and undated
Council of National Defense Women's Committee, 1917-1919
Correspondence (2 folders)
Reports and minutes
Child Welfare Committee
Children's Year, 1918-1919
Health and Recreation
Protective Work for Girls
Student Nurse Reserve (2 folders)
Thrift and Savings campaign
Weighing and Measuring Tests (2 folders)
Woman's Land Army of America
Women in Industry
Cartoons, poems, 1925, 1928 and undated
Correspondence, 1924-1937 and undated
General Federation of Women's Clubs publications, 1916-1928
Iowa issues, 1922-1936
Izaak Walton League, 1923-1936 (scattered)
Cooper-Santee Project, S.C., 1935
Memorial Tree Planting, 1922-1927
Outdoor Good Manners, 1925
Pamphlets and publications, 1923-1936 and undated (2 folders)