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Marie Giddings papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0426

Scope and Contents

Marie Harris Giddings' History of the Harris Family, 1898 to approximately 1930 dates from 1980 and measures one linear inch.  This family history is a remarkably rich and detailed account of farm and rural community life as Marie Giddings knew it growing up in Kossuth County.  It includes descriptions of the rhythmic patterns of farm work, recreation, school and church activities, illness and medical care, and the economic realities that shaped her family's life.  This account is also a rich source of information about gender in rural Iowa in the first half of the twentieth century.  Photocopies of photographs of farm implements and family activities accompany the text.


  • 1980


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

Marie Harris Giddings, teacher and family historian, was born in 1908 in Illinois. She grew up on a farm in north central Iowa, graduating from high school in 1926. She then attended Teacher's College, now University of Northern Iowa, and taught in rural schools until her marriage in 1934. She and her husband moved to California in 1944 where she resumed teaching. Giddings decided to write a history of her parent's family in 1964 and dedicated herself to its completion after the death of her brother in 1980.


1.00 linear inch