September 29th Movement digital collection launched

Feb 26, 2019 · Laura Sullivan

The Iowa State University Library Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Department announces the launch of the September 29th Movement digital collection, which documents a student-led effort that began as a reaction against the renaming of Old Botany Hall in honor of Carrie Chapman Catt.

Catt was a graduate of Iowa State (1880) and a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement. The decision to rename Old Botany Hall in honor of Catt became a divisive issue due to controversial remarks she had made while campaigning for women’s suffrage.

The collection brings together records of the September 29th Movement (1995-1998) and the university’s response. Also included, are records documenting the renaming of Old Botany Hall to Carrie Chapman Catt Hall. The digital collection is focused primarily on the official records, which were created during the naming of Catt Hall and the September 29th Movement. Additional records documenting both can be found within the Special Collections and University Archives.

For additional information, contact Laura Sullivan, Digital Initiatives Archivist, 515-294-9680.