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Janet Kimpston Herz Papers

Identifier: RG02.0009.012

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Scope and Contents

The Janet Kimpston Herz papers are class notes and reports Herz made as a student at the State University of Iowa from 1919 to 1921. Her courses for which papers exist are listed in the box list below, followed by the instructor's name and date if known. During a four-week geology field course in 1920, Herz explored the typography of the Black Hills of South Dakota. A transcript of an article from the Lead Daily Call newspaper, dated August 6, 1920, stated that several female students participated in the field course, as well as males. This field work carried a prerequisite of one year of physical and historical geology, taught by professor Arthur C. Trowbridge. During 1921, Herz was enrolled in the geology field trip to Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin.As an English major, Herz completed literary courses such as Short Story, Novel, Poetry, and American Literature. She studied the poetry of Walt Whitman as well as how to repair torn fabric for her sewing course. Fabric swatches bearing demonstrations of hems and button holes are among her Home Economic course notes. Her transcriptions of Latin text are preserved as well.


  • Creation: 1919-1921


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Biographical / Historical

Janette ("Janet") Kimpston Herz was born in Elkader, Iowa, on December 28, 1895. She graduated from Fayette High School in 1916. Herz attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette before enrolling in College of Liberal Arts courses at the State University of Iowa beginning in September 1919. She received her B.A. in English on June 14, 1921. While participating in a geology field course in South Dakota, Janet met and later married Nathaniel Herz. The couple resided in Lead, South Dakota. Janet Kimpston Herz died at age 96 on January 1, 1991, in Lawrence, South Dakota.


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University of Iowa student, 1919-1921. Received B.A. with major in English in June 1921. Course notes and papers.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by Eleanor Herz Swent in June 1991. Finding aid created October 2008.

Related Materials

Papers of Arthur C. Trowbridge (RG 99.0089)

Papers of Hardin Craig (RG99.0054)

Manuscript File Collection, Home Economics records (RG01.0001.001)

Records of University of Iowa Department of Home Economics (Iowa Women's Archives)

Denise Anderson, October 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242