The Social Justice collection was created as part of the Spring 2016 Social Justice Theme Semester. It brings together dozens of collections many of which are part of the Iowa Women’s Archives. Spanning four decades, these materials document social, political, and personal struggles across racial, gender, and class lines.
Here you'll find an array of redacted FBI files connected to Iowa people and organizations, including files on Edna Griffith, a civil rights activist and whose work in the State of Iowa v. Katz helped make it illegal to refuse service based on race in Iowa.
You'll also find newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, posters, newsletters, and institutional handbooks. Copies of Heloise's Helpful Hints from 1965-1967 lay out what to expect if you participate in a protest:
WHAT TO DO IF TEAR GASSED
- Place wet towel over mouth eyes and nose-breath thru it
- Stay low-gas rises
- Put LARK OR TARRYTON FILTERS IN NOSE AND BREATH THRU NOSE
The State University of Iowa Code for Coeds 1962-1968 provides different kinds of advice: "While you dream, shop, and pack, you ask: "What do SUIowans wears? What will I need?" Remember that SUI's first impression of you will come from your appearance, so use your judgment and taste to make that impression favorable." Gathered together, these materials bring to light institutional and individual facets of an ongoing movement to understand, promote, and maintain liberty and justice for all.
About this project
DIY History lets you do it yourself to help make historic artifacts easier to use. Our digital library holds hundreds of thousands of items -- much more than library staff could ever catalog alone, so we're appealing to the public to help out by attaching text in the form of transcriptions.