Iowa Women’s Archives, Part 6

“I think one of the biggest challenges of archives is convincing people the archives are for them, not just researchers or scholars. Here we are, on the third floor of an imposing building on the campus of the University, so it’s hard to find us in the first place, and then we have very special…

Iowa Women’s Archives, Part 5

“What’s your favorite part about working at Iowa Women’s Archives?” “How to pick a favorite part? It’s a great work environment with fun people and no shortage of work to do. What I love most, I think, is the sense of discovery. Since I do a lot of the social media posts, I’m constantly on…

Iowa Women’s Archives, Part 4

“We’ve had very special projects to preserve the history of underrepresented groups. For example, in the mid-90’s, we did an African American Women in Iowa project. As part of that, we undertook our first oral history project called ‘Giving Voice to Their Memories,’ because this was a group that had very little preserved and written…

Iowa Women’s Archives, Part 3

“Currently, I’m processing the collection of a woman named Ortha Harstad. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Ortha and her husband, of Cedar Rapids, were quite the philanthropists. In the 1960’s, they were sent by their church to Chicago to learn about black rights and they returned to the Cedar Rapids area to conduct…

Iowa Women’s Archives, Part 2

“About a year after I finished my dissertation, my husband, who is also an archivist, my infant son, and I were at the Society of American Archivists Conference in Philadelphia. I was up in the room taking care of my son, and my husband came into the room holding up a piece of paper. He…