IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
HER OWN STORY: TEN BENTON COUNTY WOMEN
ORAL HISTORIES, 1983-1992
10 linear inches
The papers (donor no. 199) were donated by Bettie McKenzie and the Benton County AAUW in 1994.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright is held by the Vinton Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Natalie S. Brody, 1994.
Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women is a women's oral history project of the Vinton, Iowa, American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 1984 members of the AAUW interviewed and taped the histories of ten Benton County women. In 1985 the tapes were transcribed, resulting in over 900 pages of typescript. To put the transcripts into a more accessible form, Bettie McKenzie of Red Oak, Iowa, volunteered in 1988 to edit them. In 1992 the book, Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women, was completed. Two bound copies were placed in the Vinton Public Library and are available on inter-library loan. A slide-tape show was produced based on these interviews and is also available at the Vinton library. All of the women, who were born at the turn of the twentieth century, were asked questions about family background, education, work history, personal memories and historical events. Their stories reveal ten individuals of varying backgrounds and experiences, yet who are typical of women on farms and in small towns of the Midwest. The project was supported with grants from the Iowa Humanities Board and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Scope and Content Note
The interviews that make up Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women were conducted in 1984, and the manuscript completed in 1992. The transcripts, manuscript, and related material together measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in three series: Correspondence, Transcripts, and Manuscript. The Correspondence series (1992) includes communications relating to the publication of the project. The second series Transcripts (1984) contains transcripts of the original taped interviews. The Manuscript series consists of the preliminary draft and the final copy of Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women edited by Bettie McKenzie.
Box no. Description
Beck, Jennie (teacher)
Burrows, Bess (nurse)
Geiger, Nira (clerk)
Geiken, Freida (farming)
Mumford, Ruth (homemaker and farm manager)
Sallee, Dorothy (telephone operator)
Schroeder, Alvena (housekeeper and hairdresser)
Schueler, Allegra (teacher)
Smith, Gertrude (farming)
Williams, Esther (office worker) (2 folders)
Manuscript: Her Own Story: Ten Benton County Women
Final copy (unbound, 3 folders)