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Adelia M. Hoyt papers Edit




  • 1915-2011 (Creation)


  • 0.25 linear inches (Whole)

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  • Abstract

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

  • Arrangement

    One folder, shelved in SCVF.

  • 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/has been retained by the donor.

  • Method of Acquisition

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

  • Preferred Citation

    Adelia M. Hoyt papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • 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.

  • 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.