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Jessie M. Buthmann Meyer papers

Identifier: IWA1156

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Scope and Contents

The Jessie M. Buthmann Meyer papers date from 1908 to 1982 and measure 5 linear inches (1 box). The papers are arranged in two series: Biographical and Diaries. The Biographical series (1908-1968) includes grade school report cards for Jessie Buthmann and her siblings, as well as school playbills. Also included is an autograph book and a photograph of Buthmann’s classmates from Iowa State Teachers College, Iowa teaching contracts, and other materials.

The Diaries series (1935-1982) consists of eight diaries kept by Meyer from 1967 to 1982 and one diary kept by her daughter Berthelene from 1935 to 1941.


  • Creation: 1908-1982


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Rural school teacher and farm wife Jessie M. Buthmann Meyer was born in 1902 to Hans Joachim Heinrich (Henry) and Marie Amalie Helene Jessen Buthmann in Irwin, Iowa. Both parents emigrated from Germany to farm in the United States. Buthmann graduated from Irwin High School and went on to earn a teaching certificate with the Iowa State Teachers College. After two years of teaching at Pleasant Hill School in Arcadia, Iowa, in 1923 Buthmann married William Carl Meyer and could no longer hold a teaching position in Iowa due to her marital status. Meyer and her husband moved to Irwin, Iowa, to farm and had three children: Evelyn, Berthelene, and William, Jr. In 1948, Meyer and her family moved to Lake View, Iowa, where they farmed for twenty years. Then in 1968, they sold the farm and moved into town. Meyer later lived with her daughter Berthelene in Maryland from 1975 until her death in 1987.


5.00 linear inches

Language of Materials



Diaries and school papers of a rural school teacher and farm wife.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1424) were donated by heirs of Jessie M. Buthmann Meyer (Mark Davis, Marsha Holm, Julie Sullivan, and Jennifer Hull) in 2016.

Heidi Stofer, 2018.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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