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Phyllis Kempema papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1115

Scope and Contents

The Phyllis Kempema papers date from 1990 to 2009 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers contain newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, and other materials relating to the Discovery House, a treatment center in Spirit Lake, Iowa for individuals recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. The material includes extensive testimony from Kempema about her experiences at the Discovery House and her later professional involvement with the organization.


  • Creation: 1990-2009


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

Phyllis Kempema was born in 1940. Her papers depict her struggle with substanc abuse and how, with the assistance from Discovery House, she was able to overcome her addictions. She died in 2009.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Clippings, letters, and photographs relating to Discovery House (Spirit Lake), a treatment center for recovering addicts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1196) were donated by Phyllis Kempema in 2010.

Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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