Autobiographical Sketches of Rural Iowa Women
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Scope and Contents
The Autobiographical Sketches of Rural Iowa Women collection dates from 1998 to 1999 and 2003; it measures 0.5 linear inches. The northeast and northwest corners of the state are the principal areas represented.
Included in the collection are newspaper columnist Dorothy Blunt, farm woman Artis England, the active Mennonite Gladys Fisher, care facility activity coordinator Irma Jacobsma, church organist Charlotte Vaughn, Clara Winkie who passed her General Education Development (GED) test at age 60, and Farm Bureau leader Doris Wright Zimmerman. Also included are the recollections of five Plymouth County farm women: Elsie Easton, Laura Lauter, Doris Ludwigs, Lois Newberg and Randy Oetken.
Most of these women were born and raised on farms and later raised their own families on farms during the Depression and World War II. Newspaper clippings, family histories, and church histories accompany some of the sketches. This collection offers perspectives from rural women who have not created many records or found representation in major repositories.
- Creation: 1998-1999
- Rural Women's Project (University of Iowa. Libraries. Iowa Women's Archives) (Organization)
- Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by donors has been retained by individual donors.
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Biographical / Historical
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation worked closely with the Iowa Women's Archives Rural Women's Project Archivist in 1998 and 1999 to encourage farm women to preserve records that document their life experiences. In response, many farm women wrote short autobiographical sketches.These have been gathered in one collection.
0.50 linear inches
Language of Materials
Reminiscences of Iowa Farm Bureau women donated to the Rural Women's Project.
Four folders, shelved in SCVF.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no.578 ) were donated by various people in 1999 and subsequent years.
Genre / Form
- Doris Malkmus, 2000; Janet Weaver, 2003.
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