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Vera Shepard Cronkhite papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0600

Scope and Contents

The papers date from 1927 to 2001 and measure less than 1 linear inch. The bulk of the collection consists of school contracts from 1927 to 1970 as well as a reminiscence of her teaching experiences. There are several related employment records and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1927-2001


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

The rural schoolteacher Vera Shepard Cronkhite was born in 1906 to Deborah and Rhea Shepard, farmers near Hastings, Iowa. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1924 and borrowed money to attend a summer institute to obtain a teacher's certificate. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse the following year, quitting when she married Ralph Hall in 1928. When Ralph was unable to work the following year, she resumed work, as a telephone operator until 1932 when she again taught rural school. After the birth of a son, she stayed home for two years, returning to teach school in Hastings and Malvern, Iowa. Her husband died in 1951. She remarried in 1956, but continued working until she retired in 1971.


0.25 linear inches

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Southwest Iowa rural schoolteacher during the 1920s and 1930s. Taught in town schools an additional 20 years.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 754) were donated by Vera Cronkhite in 2001.

Doris Malkmus, 2001.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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