Title

Interview with Kären M. Mason

Project

Documenting Women at Iowa

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Document Type

Oral History

Duration

00:33:22

Publication Date

3-5-2014

Location

University of Iowa

Description

Kären M. Mason is Curator of the Louise Noun--Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries, a position she has held since the founding of the archives in 1992. Prior to coming to Iowa, she received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in American History with a cognate in archival administration from the University of Michigan, where she also worked as an archivist at the Bentley Historical Library. In addition to her pathbreaking work in preserving women’s voices, Mason and University Archivist David McCartney curated an online exhibit entitled “LGBT Life in Iowa City, Iowa: 1967-2010″ in 2010. Here Kären Mason discusses the founding of the Iowa Women’s Archives. Mason highlights how Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith’s unending drive to uncover and document the experience of women led to the creation of the archives. Not only did Noun and Smith pioneer archiving women in Iowa, but also their story includes the sale of Frida Kahlo’s 1947 painting “Self-Portrait with Loose Hair” for the Iowa Women’s Archives endowment.

Interviewers Danielle Hoskins and Katherine Massoth

Keywords

Archiving Women at Iowa

Rights

Copyright © 2014 The University of Iowa

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/historycorps/48