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Autobiographical Sketches of Rural Iowa Women

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0407

Scope and Contents

The Autobiographical Sketches of Rural Iowa Women collection dates from 1998 to 1999 and 2003; it measures 0.5 linear inches. The northeast and northwest corners of the state are the principal areas represented.   Included in the collection are newspaper columnist Dorothy Blunt, farm woman Artis England, the active Mennonite Gladys Fisher, care facility activity coordinator Irma Jacobsma, church organist Charlotte Vaughn, Clara Winkie who passed her General Education Development (GED) test at age 60, and Farm Bureau leader Doris Wright Zimmerman. Also included are the recollections of five Plymouth County farm women: Elsie Easton, Laura Lauter, Doris Ludwigs, Lois Newberg and Randy Oetken. Most of these women were born and raised on farms and later raised their own families on farms during the Depression and World War II. Newspaper clippings, family histories, and church histories accompany some of the sketches.  This collection offers perspectives from rural women who have not created many records or found representation in major repositories.

Dates

  • 1998-1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been retained by individual donors.

Biographical / Historical

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation worked closely with the Iowa Women´s Archives Rural Women´s Project Archivist in 1998 and 1999 to encourage farm women to preserve records that document their life experiences. In response, many farm women wrote short autobiographical sketches.These have been gathered in one collection.

Extent

0.50 linear inches

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Reminiscences of Iowa Farm Bureau women donated to the Rural Women's Project.

Arrangement

Four folders, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no.578 ) were donated by various people in 1999 and subsequent years.

Other Descriptive Information

http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/findingaids/html/AutobiographiesRuralWomen.htm#content
Author
Doris Malkmus, 2000; Janet Weaver, 2003.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5068
319-335-5900 (Fax)