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Zelda Babcock Wolfe papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0239

Scope and Contents

The Zelda Babcock Wolfe papers are undated and consist of one volume containing Wolfe's memoirs along with photocopied reproductions of photographs of Wolfe and her family. In her memoirs, she talks about growing upon the farm, bouts with diphtheria, and other family events.


  • Creation: Undated


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Zelda Babcock was born just south of Farnhamville, Iowa, in 1901. After graduating from high school, Babcock received a four-year scholarship to the college of her choice. She attended the State University of Iowa, (now the University of Iowa), in Iowa City, Iowa. She left the university when her parents could no longer help her with expenses and began her teaching career at a school six miles from town. Soon after she started teaching, Babcock married Ralph Wolfe. In 1929, they moved to Riceville, Iowa, where Wolfe found a job at Pleasant Hill School and continued to teach. She stopped teaching for seventeen years to raise her children, but returned to work for a time to help earn money for the family.


0.25 linear inches

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Riceville, Iowa, mother, homemaker, and teacher.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 331) were donated by Charles Wolfe in 1995.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
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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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