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Helen Harrington papers

Identifier: IWA0476

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Scope and Contents

The Helen Harrington scrapbooks date from 1963 to 1992 and measure 2.5 linear inches. There are two scrapbooks included in the collection, primarily containing newspaperclippings of poems written by Harrington. Most of the poems address nature and philosophical insights about life. The scrapbooks also include articles written about Harrington, correspondence regarding her interview published in the Christian Science Monitor, and photographs.  Also included is a copy of the booklet Kennedy Poems by Helen Harrington published in 1964.


  • Creation: 1963-1992


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

Helen Harrington was a poet and farm woman born about 1909 who resided in Lamoni, Iowa. Her parents came to the United States from England, and her father worked as a coal miner. When she was a child, her father influenced her a great deal reciting the works of Byron and Tennyson. Harrington's education ceased after high school, but she still managed to have at least 1,700 of her poems published in various newspapers and magazines. She was married to Marion (Red) Harrington; they had a daughter, Dixie. Harrington was recognized throughout her community, from radio appearances and her daily errands around town, acquiring the nickname "Lady from Lamoni."


2.50 linear inches

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Poet and farm woman from Lamoni, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 755) were donated by Frances Frymoyer in 2001.

Andrea Sheehan, 2003.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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