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Joy Smith Lewallen memoir

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0738

Scope and Contents

The Joy Smith Lewallen memoir was written in 1985 and is 103 pages long. The memoir consists of a typed, unpublished memoir entitled "This is My Story, This is My Song", 1985 by Joy Smith Lewallen and an undated Christmas card with photographs of the Lewallen family.

Lewallen recounts her life from attending college during the Great Depression and World War II, to the lives of the Smith and Lewallen families in rural Iowa and North Dakota, and anecdotes of the churches and people she and her husband served during the 1940s through the 1970s.


  • Creation: 1985


Conditions Governing Access

The memoir is 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

Joy Smith was born in the early 1920s in rural Iowa. After graduating from high school in 1938, she attended McPherson College, which was operated by the Church of the Brethren in McPherson, Kansas. After graduating in 1942, Smith married a fellow McPherson alumnus and pastor Wilburn Lewallen. For the next thirty years the Lewallens served churches throughout the Midwest including Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



This is My Story, This is My Song, unpublished memoir.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The memoir (donor no. 662) was donated by Marianne Michael in 2004.

Related Materials

Marianne Michael papers, Iowa Women's Archives: Michael was the college roomate of Joy Smith at McPherson College and later served with her husband as missionaries for the Church of the Brethren in Garkida, Nigeria from 1948 to1961.


Lindsay E. Shannon
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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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