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Olson/Clampitt memoirs Edit




  • 1933-1995 (Creation)


  • 2.50 linear inches (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Memoirs of life in rural Iowa.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The papers are open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • Method of Acquisition

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

  • Preferred Citation

    Olson/Clampitt memoirs, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • 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.

  • 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 Her unpublished memoir contains anecdotal accounts of her life, which revolve around north central Iowa, and her career in social work.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.