Edited by Tanya
Zanish-Belcher, Associate Professor and Head of the
Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.
If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement
that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please feel free to contact her.
Center for the
History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine-Harvard
University (Boston, Massachusetts)
Abraham Stone Papers,
Papers, 1860s, 1898-1974
Both collections have finding aids available online through OASIS, Harvard's online finding aid database at http://oasis.harvard.edu.
An exhibit highlighting
these collections will open in March at the Countway Library.
Archives, University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
Preserving the History of Iowa Latinas and their Communities
Over the past two years, staff members of the Iowa Women's Archives in the University of Iowa Libraries have gathered historical documents and conducted oral history interviews with 35 Latinas and 3 Latinos in Davenport, Muscatine, Fort Madison, Sioux City, Columbus Junction, and Des Moines, Iowa. The women who have told their life stories range from recent immigrants from various Latin American countries, to migrant workers from Texas who settled in Iowa in the 1960s, to octogenarians whose parents came to Iowa from Mexico as children and lived in the barrios alongside the railroad tracks where their fathers worked. Many of the women interviewed have been activists in their communities, through labor unions, migrant action committees, LULAC, and in the grape and lettuce boycotts of the 1960s and 1970s.
For further information contact:
Curator, Iowa Women's
of California-Santa Cruz: Regional History Project (Santa Cruz, California)
The UCSC Women's Center, 1985-2005
Alta and the History
of Shameless Hussy Press
Sandra Martz: Papier-Mache
Press and the Gentle Art of Consciousness Raising, 1984-1999
Irene Reti and
Herbooks Feminist Press
There are other
oral histories on our website that may also be of interest.
Most are available
in full text.
National Democratic Club and Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The Woman's National Democratic Club and Museum (WNDC) has an oral history collection of about 75 interviews documenting the club's activities over eight decades. WNDC was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1922 as the first national Democratic women's club. When members purchased a clubhouse in 1924, the Club began sponsoring twice-weekly speaker luncheons that remain its hallmark today. Most recently, speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tom Daschle, E.L. Doctorow, Madeleine Albright, Jim Lehrer, Vernon Jordan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Loretta and Linda Sanchez, Roger Wilkins, and Jim Jeffords.
In addition to
the oral histories, the Club archives and museum collections house a
wealth of political memorabilia. Of primary interest is a scrapbook,
assembled by Club cofounder and past president Florence Jaffray "Daisy"
Harriman, documenting women's entry into national politics in 1912.
"Donkey Tracks: Political Memorabilia from the WNDC Collections"
is on exhibit indefinitely and incorporates excerpts from the oral histories
of members who took part in presidential campaigns from 1928. The archives
and museum collections are open to the public daily by appointment,
202/232-7363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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