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Ruth Cromer Weir papers

Identifier: IWA0490

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Scope and Contents

The Ruth Cromer Weir papers date from 1805 to 1993 and measure 12 linear inches. The papers are arranged in four series: Personal, Professional, Photographs, and Artifacts.

Most of the materials in the Personal series (1805-1964) pertain to Weir's family history. The series includes genealogical information and family trees compiled by Lela Lundy Cromer, Cromer's mother, a diploma from the State University of Iowa earned by Weir's sister, Helen Cromer, and obituaries for Cromer's parents and grandparents. Two Bibles may also be found within the collection. One belonged to Mary Cromer, Weir's sister, and the other belonged to her mother's grandparents, Levi and Sarah Lundy. Information about family history is written in the back cover of the Lundy Bible, and several pages are marked with Quaker tracts.

The bulk of the Professional series (1920s-1960) is composed of Weir's published children's books. Other materials include a rough draft of a children's book and several feature articles written by Weir in the 1920s for the Des Moines Sunday Register on topics ranging from jazz to paternity battles. One article highlights the surprise election of a woman mayor and an all-female town council in the 1920s in Randalia, Iowa, where women had declined to vote; all but one of the women refused to take office.

The bulk of the items in the Photographs series (1880s-1993) date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Several of the photographs have been identified as Weir's relatives.

A baby bonnet and lace tatting which Weir wore as an infant, as well as a hinged case with two framed tintypes, make up the collection's Artifacts series. The tintypes are not specifically identified, but a note indicates that they are of her relatives.


  • Creation: 1926-1964


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

Ruth Cromer Weir, journalist and children’s author, was born in Union, Iowa, in 1902 to Lela Lundy Cromer and Emory Arnett Cromer. Her grandfather, Enoch Wickersham Lundy, traveled by covered wagon to Iowa in 1856. Cromer’s father was a school principal in Union. Cromer attended the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1924. She married Kenneth Weir and moved to Illinois.

As a young woman, Weir was a feature writer for the Des Moines Register. In the 1940s, she began to write children’s books, many of which she dedicated to her own children and grandchildren. She was the biography editor for the World Book Encyclopedia. Weir also served as the nature editor for the magazine Childcraft. Following Kenneth Weir’s death, she married Tom Dimond, an engineer who had also attended the University of Iowa. Ruth Weir passed away in 1998.


12.00 linear inches

Photographs in Box 3 boxes

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Journalist and children's author from Union, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 843) were donated by Keith C. Weir in 2002.

Related Materials

Iowa Authors Collection in University of Iowa Special Collection: Includes drafts and manuscripts of Ruth Cromer Weir's children's books

Ashley Goulden, 2007; Sharon M. Lake, 2008.
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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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