Black Hawk County Toastmasters Records, 1946-1965

Collection Overview

Title: Black Hawk County Toastmasters Records, 1946-1965

Record Series: MsC-93

Record Group:


Creator: Black Hawk County Toastmasters

Date: 1946-1965

Extent: 3 boxes (1.04 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

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Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These materials were donated to SC&UA by the Waterloo Public Library in 2018 and 2021.

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Historical Note

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has worked to teach public speaking skills and leadership qualities. The Black Hawk County Toastmasters Club 444 traced its roots to the Waterloo Toastmasters Club 101, which was founded in Waterloo in 1935, and chartered by Toastmasters International in December 1937. Club 101 enjoyed a large membership and worked to start other Toastmaster clubs in Iowa.

By 1946, Club 101 membership was so large that a split was necessary. Black Hawk County Toastmasters Club 444 was chartered in February 1947.


The materials are arranged chronologically according to their original order upon arrival at Special Collections & University Archives.

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials largely organized by year, with the exception of Folder 1 (Box 1). This folder contains miscellaneous Toastmaster records such as the 1949 and 1954 Club Constitution and By-Laws, club letterhead; a copy of The Transmitter; training materials; and the official Toastmasters District 19 publication.

The rest of the collection consists of binders arranged by year. Each contain semi-annual reports, meeting minutes, membership information, club officer rosters, correspondence, financial information, a few photographs, and more. An item of note from the 1946-1947 binder is a telegram from Joseph P. Rinnert, then president of Toastmasters International, welcoming 444 as the newest club of Toastmasters International.

The 2021 acquisition includes materials related to the previous donation. There are a handful of items from Toastmasters International, mainly brochures with tips for improving public speaking, adding vocal variety into a speech, and table topics. Also included are materials related specifically to Black Hawk 444, including a guide for new members, a 1965 bulletin, and the February 1947 membership charter for the Black Hawk Toastmasters Club.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Toastmasters Club No. 444 - General Documents

  • Folder 2: Club No. 444, 1946-1947

  • Folder 3: Club No. 444, 1948-1949

  • Folder 4: Club No. 444, 1949-1950

  • Folder 5: Club No. 444, 1950-1951

  • Folder 6: Club No. 444, 1951-1952

  • Folder 7: Club No. 444, 1952-1953

  • Folder 8: Club No. 444, 1953-1954

  • Folder 9: Club No. 444, 1954-1955

  • Folder 10: Club No. 444, 1955-1956

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Club No. 444, 1956-1957

  • Folder 2: Club No. 444, 1958-1959

  • Folder 3: Club No. 444, 1959-1960; 1960-1961

  • Folder 4: Club No. 444, 1961-1962

  • Folder 5: Club No. 444, 1962-1963

  • Folder 6: Club No. 444, 1963-1964

  • Folder 7: Club No. 444, 1964-1965

Box 3

  • Folder 1: brochures, charters (2021 acquisition)



Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Tessa Wakefield, June 2019. Updated by Tessa Wakefield, March 2021.