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Thelma Carmichael papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0592

Scope and Contents

The Thelma Carmichael papers date from 1905 and 1948 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers consist of two items. There is the illustrated booklet "Thelma's Screened Cariole," used to promote the playpen designed by S.D. Carmichael, Thelma's father. With the booklet are photographs of the playpen in both its assembled and folded states. The second item is "A Pictorial Record of Historical Exhibits in the Tama County Court House," a 1948 Tama County Historical Society publication that lists Thelma Carmichael as secretary-treasurer of the organization.


  • Creation: 1905-1948


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

Thelma Carmichael was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Carmichael, an old family in the Tama, Iowa community. In 1905, S.D. Carmichael patented a playpen he designed for his only child. Called "Thelma's Screened Cariole," the playpen was manufactured by S.D. Carmichael, promoted through an illustrated booklet and sold both directly and through furniture stores. In 1948, Thelma Carmichael was still a well known citizen of Tama, serving as secretary-treasurer of the Tama County Historical Society of Iowa.


0.25 linear inches

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An illustrated booklet promoting a playpen designed by Carmichael’s father.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The Thelma Carmichael papers (donor no. 167) were donated by Alyce Houston Schavone in 1998.

Lisa Mott, 2003.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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