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Olson/Clampitt memoirs

Identifier: IWA0736

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Scope and Contents

The Clampitt/Olson Memoirs (1933-1995) contain manuscripts about life in rural Iowa from the mid-nineteenth century through the late twentieth century.


  • Creation: 1933-1995


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Frank T. Clampitt was born in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1860. His memior relates historical accounts of the area and his pioneer ancestors who settled there prior to the Civil War. Memories of his childhood and young adulthood include anecdotes about the Amana Colonies, the Quaker meeting house at Honey Creek, Iowa, and his own personal biography. He died in New Providence, Iowa, in 1943.

Alice M. (Clampitt Farrell) Olson was born near New Providence in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1904. Her unpublished memoir contains anecdotal accounts of her life, which revolve around north central Iowa, and her career in social work. In 1995, when she compiled her memoir, she was 91 years old and living in Iowa Falls, Iowa.


2.50 linear inches

Language of Materials



Memoirs of life in rural Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no.1088) were donated by Richard Olson in 2006.

Lindsay E. Shannon, 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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