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Annie Wittenmyer papers

 Collection
Identifier: IWA0934

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to the Iowa State Sanitary Commission. Included is correspondence to and from Annie Wittenmyer, as well as correspondence to Iowa Governor Samuel Kirkwood. Also included is an 1864 photograph of Wittenmyer.

Dates

  • 1861 - 1864

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Turner Wittenmyer was born in Ohio in 1827, but lived and worked for many years in Iowa. Wittenmyer inherited a large sum of money following the death of her husband, and she used her fortune to fund the education of hundreds of children in Keokuk, Iowa. Wittenmyer helped organize the Keokuk Soldiers’ Aid society and served as secretary before being appointed as a sanitary agent for the state of Iowa in 1862. Wittenmyer campaigned for the creation of a soldiers’ orphans home in Keokuk, but the site could not long accommodate the hundreds of children seeking a place there. Another aspect of Wittenmyer’s involvement in the war effort was her institution of the Special Diet Kitchen system, which sought to provide wounded soldiers with healthy meals and stem the misallocation of supplies. Wittenmyer died in Pottstown, Pennsylvania at the age of 72. [The information for this biographical note comes from Wittenmyer’s obituary, which appeared in the Davenport Democrat. The Richard Sloane Special Collections Center, Davenport Public Library, holds a copy.]

Extent

1 linear inch

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Correspondence of the Iowa Sanitary Commission, including Annie Wittenmyer, during the Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 168) were purchased by the University of Iowa Special Collections Department in 2015.
Author
Laurel Rhame, 2016
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5068
319-335-5900 (Fax)