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Verda Williams papers

Repository: University of Iowa Libraries. Iowa Women's Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Verda L. Williams papers measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1969 to 2004. They are arranged in six series: Biographical material, "Black Des Moines: Voices Seldom Heard," "Life Force," Video projects, Women's Studies, and Record albums.

[. . .] The series devoted to "Black Des Moines: Voices Seldom Heard" (1985-1986 and undated) includes tapes of in-depth interviews with twelve prominent black men and women living in Des Moines and short interviews with a number of black residents responding to the question "When you think of Des Moines what comes to mind?" Transcripts of some of these interviews are included.

Date(s): 1969-2004

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: AC359, AC377-AC399, V06, V136-V142, d0010, d0019-d0026

Extent: 10 linear inches and audiovisual material (24 sound cassettes, 13 videocassettes,12 twelve record albums, 9 DVDs)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Hear a 2004 interview with Edna Griffin's daughter, Phyllis Griffin, in the Edna Griffin Papers, University of Iowa, Iowa Women's Archives.

Interviewees: James Bowman, Larry Carter, Wesley Chapman, Marguerite Cothorn, Willie Glanton, Luther Glanton, Edna Griffin, Emery Jackson, James Morris III, Ako Samad, Meredith Saunders, Catherine Williams

Rights (Extant): Copyright of a portion of these materials has been retained by Iowa State University.


African American journalists
African Americans--Iowa
Civil rights--Press coverage
Race discrimination


Sound recordings


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