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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:courtney-jenkins@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Iowa Women's Archives archivist will talk about history of African-American women in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathryn Neal, director of the African-American Women in Iowa Project at the Iowa Women's Archives, will give a presentation on the history of African-American women in Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The talk, sponsored by the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), is free and open to the public.

The African-American Women in Iowa Project gathers sources that document the experiences of African-American women, including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, speeches, or other papers these women have created or gathered in the course of their lives. Oral history interviews are recorded with selected individuals, either those for whom no documentary record exists or those who have played a particularly significant role in the history of their community.

Women who are already represented in the collection include Davenport community and civil rights activists Billie Lloyd and Cecile Cooper, Des Moines social worker Marguerite Esters Cothorn, Fort Madison civic leader Lois Eichacker, and former Iowa City boardinghouse owner and UI Hospitals and Clinics clinical technician Elizabeth (Bettye) Tate.

Since 1995 Kathryn Neal has held the position of assistant archivist at the Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries. Neal graduated cum laude from Carleton College and received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She earned a master of information and library studies degree with a concentration in archival administration from the University of Michigan in 1994. Her archival experience includes work as a manuscript assistant at the Bentley Historical Library and project work at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies Library at the University of Michigan.

The Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives was founded in 1992 at the University of Iowa Libraries to identify, collect, preserve, and make available the personal papers and organizational records of Iowa women from all walks of life. It is located in the Main Library at the University of Iowa and is open to the public. For more information about the African-American Women in Iowa Project, Kathryn Neal at (319) 335-5068 or kathryn-neal@uiowa.edu.

2/4/98