Luella Rynerson Smith papers
The Luella Rynerson Smith papers are organized in seven series: Rural Farm Organizations, Home Extension Course Leadership, Family, Booklets, Sewing, Miscellaneous, and Smith Family Embroidery Patterns. The Rural Farm Organizations series (1930-1932 and undated) contains material related to programming and leadership of various organizations, including songs, readings, recitations, and skits appropriate for community pageants. The Home Extension Course Leadership series (1929-1932 and undated) includes materials from Lulu Rynerson Smith's involvement as a leader and instructor of self-improvement and home management courses for rural women.ÃÂÃÂ Nutrition and childcare are among the topics covered. The Family series (1884-1989) contains a folder of letters received by turn of the nineteenth century Iowa City resident Jessie Cannon Bywater, a relative of Luella Rynerson's, and a folder containing mid-century fabric samples from the home of one of the donor's relatives. Booklets series (1915-1937) contains a wide selection of booklets published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and various extension agencies on a variety of topics, including home dÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ©cor and management, tailoring, livestock, cooking, and gardening. Sewing (undated) contains fabric and yarn samples, as well as paper pattern pieces, including some for a size "brassiere." Miscellaneous (1926 and undated) contains holiday tissue paper, miniature American flags, and other items falling outside the bounds of the series above. Smith Family Embroidery Patterns (1886-1941) includes both printed and hand-drawn paper patterns and written instructions for embroidery and crochet projects handed down in the Smith family.
- Smith, Luella Rynerson, 1876-1948 (Person)
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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Home extension course, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other early twentieth century rural organization publications collected by an Iowa farm wife.
Biographical / Historical
Luella "Lulu" Rynerson, great-grandmother of donor Mary Bywater Cross, was born in 1876 and lived in the Monticello, Iowa, area. She married John Campbell Smith in 1913. As a leader in rural women's organizations, she amassed a collection of resources for farm women published by the Home Extension program of Iowa State (now Iowa State University) and other agencies. Luella Smith died in 1948.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 1321) were donated by Mary Bywater Cross in 2012.
- 20th century
- Bywater, Jessie Cannon
- Child care
- Community organizations
- Cultural artifacts
- Farm life
- Home economics
- Iowa State College. Cooperative Extension Service
- Personal papers
- Rural and Farm Women
- Rural women
- Smith family
- Smith, Luella Rynerson, 1876-1948
- Textile fabrics
- United States -- Iowa -- Iowa City
- United States -- Iowa -- Monticello
- United States. Department of Agriculture
- Women in agriculture
- Women in community organization
- Women's Clubs and Organizations
- Margaret Halterman, 2013.