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Accession number A2003.002
Collection Merle Fleming
Title The Merle Fleming Full Collection
Catalog Number A2003.002
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI
Physical characteristics Boxed documents 2.1 Linear Feet
Dates of Creation 1966-1978
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Merle Fleming papers date from 1966 to 1979 and measure 2.25 linear feet. The documents are arranged in two series: Iowa Civil Rights and Personal.
The Iowa Civil Rights Commission series (1966-1979) contains information on the beginning years of the Commission including the mission statement, rules and regulations, ordinances, minutes of meeting and task forces, lawsuits, pamphlets, newsletters, annual reports, personal meeting notes, and correspondences. This series is divided into 7 sub-series: Papers, Equal Opportunity Employment, Women's Issues, Education, Fair Housing, Civil Rights Issues, and Budget.The Papers sub-series contains some rough drafts of court cases, plus three additional papers.The Equal Opportunity Employment sub-series contains and undated annual report, undated newspaper clippings, and flyers from John Deere, the Insurance Industry, and the Federal Communications Commission.The Women's Issues sub-series contains information on an Equal Opportunity Conference from 1972, the U.S. Dep. Of Labor from 1972-1974 and flyers from 1968, 1971 and 1972.The Education sub-series includes information on programs and conferences, reports, meetings, and correspondence from the exchange program.The Fair Housing sub-series contains information on trials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a 1966 conference.
The Civil Rights Issues sub-series contains information on civil rights issues in Iowa City, Ames, Davenport, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Des Moines, and Waterloo.
The Budget sub-series contains budgetary information from 1966-1969.
The Personal series contains a 1967 biography, an undated swim meet, and correspondences.

Biographical History Merle Fleming is an Iowa native. She worked her way through the University of Iowa with a major in journalism. She married Elliot Full, an employee of the University of Iowa in the 1940's and had four children. Fleming served as vice-chair and chair of the Johnson County Democratic Central Committee, vice chair of the 1st Congressional District Democratic Campaign Committee, member of the campaign staffs of Herschel Loveless in 1960, and Harold Hughes in 1962, 1964, 1966, member of mayor's committee on Iowa City Precinct Boundaries in 1959 and 1964, member of Iowa City School Study Council, legislative chairman of District Parent-Teacher Association, member of 1st Iowa Civil Rights Commission 1965 - 1968, chair 1966 - 1968. Fleming attended many seminars and training sessions throughout the United States on equal opportunity. She divorced in the mid - 1970's and began a consulting business, Equal Opportunity Consultants, Inc. She attended law school at the University of Iowa in the 1970's and then was employed as an assistant attorney general in the Iowa attorney general office specializing in equal opportunity issues until her retirement.
Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________________________________________________________
Box 1a
Fleming, Iowa Civil Rights Commission,
Members and Mission Statement
Rules and Regulations
Committee Meetings
Planning and Program Development Committee, 1969
Office Weekly Roundups, 1969
The Task and the Task Force
Conference, 1967
Public Conference, 1969
Sixty-Third General Assembly, 1969 Committees
Resource List
Executive Orders 1, 9, and 15
Relief From Discrimination in Public Places, Title II
The Myth of Racial Integration
Law Requiring Public Access to Government Agency Meetings

Box 1b
Job Descriptions
Newspaper Clippings
Religious Issues
Box 2
Annual Reports
Personal Meeting Notes
Box 3
Preliminary Memo
Law Review Paper, Reference Material
Rough Draft and Court Cases
Typed Draft with Corrections
Rough Draft
"Should Civil Rights Complaints be Entitled to Choice of Tribunal"
"Granting a Civil Rights Complaint"
"Modern Penology and Civil Rights" by David Mullin
Equal Opportunity Employment
Federal Communications Commission
John Deere
Insurance Industry
Firemen Fonza and Williams
Newspaper Clippings
Iowa Civil Rights Platform, 1968
First District Democratic Purposed Platform
Women's Issues
"Equal Opportunity" Conference
US Department of Labor
Box 4
Programs and Conferences
Exchange Program
Development and Modifications
Staff Meetings
Advisory Board Meetings and Minutes
Community Reactions
"My Conclusions and Recommendations.." by Roger Maxwell
Progress Reports, 1966-1968
Auditors Reports, 1967
Purpose and Application for Funding
Monthly Financial Reports
Correspondences, 1966-19??
Newspaper Clippings
"Come Teach in Iowa" Pamphlet, 1969
Fair Housing
Conference on Equal Opportunity Housing, 1966
Correspondences, 19??-19??
Newspaper Clippings
Box 5
Civil Rights Issues
Iowa City and University of Iowa
Ames and Iowa State
Fort Dodge
Racial Problems
Sioux City
Des Moines
Human Rights Commission
East High Riot
Newspaper Clippings
Supplemental budget Manual, 1969-1971
Current and Future Operations, 1966
Request for Operations, 1968
Salary Expenses
Swim Meet
Correspondences, 1974 and undated

Subjects Civil rights
Women's rights
Search Terms Des Moines
Iowa City
Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Democratic Party
Women's rights
Fort Dodge
People Full, Merle Fleming
Full, Elliot
Loveless, Herschel
Hughes, Harold
Fleming, Merle
Classification Civil Rights
Government & Politics
Creator Merle Fleming