September 29th Movement records
Scope and Content
This collection (assembled circa 1996-1998) contains photocopies of articles, speeches, news clippings, and publications assembled by the September 29th Movement from approximately 1995 through 1998. The original documents the Movement photocopied were primarily created between 1902 - 1940.
The bulk of the collection documents the September 29th Movement's research on Carrie Chapman Catt, the women's suffrage movement, and the relationship between women's suffrage and civil rights. The collection contains photocopies of indexes and inventories of Carrie Chapman Catt papers held at Ames Public Library, Library of Congress, and New York Public Library, as well as photocopies of Catt's speeches and articles and book chapters about women's suffrage.
Also included are photocopies of articles by and about W.E.B. Dubois and women's suffrage. Finally, selected photocopied issues of The Crisis, published by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and UHURU, published by the Black Student Alliance at Iowa State University and containing materials of the September 29th Movement, are included in this collection. Subject files added after the collection's donation by a September 29th Movement member, include news clippings and the movement's website pages (both printed out and available online) that document the activities of the September 29th Movement.
- Creation: circa 1996-1998 (dates compiled)
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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The September 29th Movement was a student-led effort that described itself as a "movement dedicated to the elimination of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism at Iowa State University, recognizing that changing the name of Catt Hall, a symbol of exclusion, must be the first step in that struggle." The group was primarily composed of students, faculty, and staff members from Iowa State University, but was not an officially registered campus organization. The name of the movement came from the publication date (September 29, 1995) of an essay about Carrie Chapman Catt that was published in UHURU!, the newsletter of ISU's Black Student Alliance.
The September 29th Movement developed as a result of the renaming of Old Botany Hall to Carrie Chapman Catt Hall in October 1995. In the spring of 1996, the September 29th Movement’s activities began in earnest with a letter writing campaign to President Martin Jischke and a silent march in support of changing the name of Catt Hall.
Objections to the naming of Catt Hall arose due to remarks made in speeches and writings by Carrie Chapman Catt that the group identified as racist, classist, and xenophobic. Additionally, the September 29th Movement felt that the original naming process excluded people of color and that the administration did not get the feedback of the ISU community. The group's activities ended in 1998. The Government of the Student Body’s Catt Hall Review Committee: Final Report was released in November 1998 and gave recommendations on how the campus might find a sense of closure to the controversy.
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The September 29th Movement was a student led effort at Iowa State University in the mid-1990s. The movement’s central campaign was to change the name of Carrie Chapman Catt Hall. In their own words, the movement was “dedicated to the elimination of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism at Iowa State University, recognizing that changing the name of Catt Hall, a symbol of exclusion, must be the first step in that struggle.” The group was composed of students, faculty, and staff members. This collection contains photocopies of articles, speeches, news clippings, and publications. The records document the September 29th Movement's research on Carrie Chapman Catt, the women's suffrage movement, and the relationship between women's suffrage and civil rights.
Most of these materials were originally compiled by the September 29th Movement in four binders. The original order of these materials has been maintained.
- RS 22/3/3. September 29th Movement records, circa 1996-1998 (dates compiled)
- April 18, 2019
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