Iowa Women’s Archives Digital Collections

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The Iowa Women’s Archives. The University of Iowa Libraries.

One of the most prolific content providers to the Iowa Digital Library is the University of Iowa’s Iowa Women’s Archives. IWA is located in a separate space on the 3rd floor of the Main Library, and houses over 1100 manuscript collections that document the lives of Iowa women from all backgrounds and walks of life. These primary source materials are invaluable for research, and are made accessible to a wider audience through digitization and inclusion in the Iowa Digital Library.

The Iowa Women’s Archives Digital Collections includes over a dozen unique digital collections that draw upon over 30 of IWA’s archival collections. From the papers of Nancy Drew author Mildred Wirt Benson to rich photograph collections from Latina Iowans like Estefania Joyce Rodriguez to diaries by Iowa pioneer schoolgirls like Lucy Van Voorhis White, IWA maintains collections that are historically underrepresented in archives.

Lucy Van Voorhis White diary, 1882-1884. Historic Iowa Children’s Diaries. Iowa Women’s Archives. The University of Iowa Libraries.

IWA serves scholars, students and the general public, and continues to grow its collections and the digital collections through a robust outreach program throughout the state of Iowa.

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