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Adelia M. Hoyt papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0844

Scope and Contents

The Adelia M. Hoyt papers consist of one folder and measure 0.25 linear inches. The folder contains Hoyt's memoir, "Unfolding Years," a postcard of the Iowa Home for Sightless Women, a 2011 article about the home by Peggy Chong, and a photograph of Adelia Hoyt and family in 1940.


  • Creation: 1915-2011


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research

Biographical / Historical

Adelia M. Hoyt was born on December 3, 1865 in a prairie sod house near Cedar Falls, Iowa. At age five, Hoyt suffered a fever leading to degenerative eyesight. Recurring fevers during her childhood further damaged her vision as well as her physical health. As she grew older the fevers stopped and her physical health returned, but her eyesight had been permanently damaged. Her parents arranged for her to attend the Iowa School for the Blind. In 1915, Hoyt helped to establish the Iowa Home for Sightless Women, which provided housing and income for blind women.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Photos and a memoir written by a blind woman who helped establish the Iowa Home for Sightless Women in Des Moines.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1288) were donated by Beverly Tyree in 2013.

Andrea Kohashi
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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