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Esther Thornhill papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0254

Scope and Contents

The Esther Thornhill papers date from 1956 to 1996 and consist of 6 items. The collection includes an oral history (AC320) of Thornhill recorded by her grandson Derik Cranston in 1995, four photographs, and Thornhill's memoirs, which she wrote between 1986 and 1996.


  • Creation: 1956-1996


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

Esther Thornhill moved to Ida Grove, Iowa when she was in the third grade and lived in Ida Grove for all of her life. Thornhill stayed home to take care of her children after she married Pete Thornhill. Previously she had worked at the Iowa Master Breeders Hatchery and Jack's Hamburger Shop in Ida Grove, Iowa.


0.25 linear inches (1 audiocassette [AC320], Photographs in folder 1.)

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Ida Grove, Iowa mother and homemaker who worked at a hatchery and at a hamburger shop before marrying.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 356) were donated by Esther Thornhill in 1996.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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