Here’s an update from University Archivist David McCartney:
I opened a photo album we accepted from donor Robert Morris of Des Moines during a visit to his home this past week. Mr. Morris’ father, James B. Morris, Jr. (1919-1976), was a 1941 graduate of the State University of Iowa, a captain in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during WWII; he later earned master’s and law degrees at SUI. While an undergrad in 1937-41, Mr. Morris’ photo album grew to over 80 images - including this one, taken in May 1938. Mr. Morris, at right, is with two friends in front of 942 Iowa Avenue, a boarding house for African-American women students from 1919 to 1950. The Iowa City home was owned by the local chapter of the Iowa Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, necessitated by the fact that blacks were not allowed in university housing until 1946. This is the first historical photo I have seen of the home, which still stands today, restored following a 2006 F2 tornado. It looks much as it did (minus part of the porch) 75 years ago. Very grateful to the Morris family for sharing their history with us.