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Marilyn Preheim Rose papers

Identifier: IWA0790

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Marilyn Preheim Rose date from 1922-2000 and measure 12.5 linear inches. They are arranged in four series: Nettie Wittrig Preheim; Biographical (1914-2000), Educational (1946-1947), and Professional (1971-1996).

The Nettie Wittrig Preheim series contains correspondence and personal essays written by Marilyn Rose's mother, Nettie Preheim. The studying abroad ephemera includes newsletters from the ship she traveled on, paperwork, and correspondence with Bethel College.

The professional series (1971-1991) includes her MA thesis and her dissertation, correspondence with students, syllabi, and a report she wrote on the Bon Homme community for the Army Corps of Engineers.


  • Creation: 1922-2000


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Marilyn Preheim Rose, professor of Anthropology and Women´s Studies at The University of Iowa, was born in 1928 in South Dakota to Adolf Preheim and Nettie Wittrig Preheim. She was raised in a Mennonite community, and remained Mennonite throughout her life. Preheim earned a BA in Chemistry at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, in 1947. While a student at Bethel College, she studied abroad at the University of Leiden in Holland.

In 1951, Marilyn Preheim married Earl Rose, a physician, and they had six children. While raising her children, Marilyn Rose earned an MA in Anthropology in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1982 from The University of Iowa. She was the first to teach a course on Anthropology and Women´s Studies (ca. 1974) while still a graduate student and on Aging Studies (ca. 1990) as an adjunct faculty member. Marilyn Rose and her husband both volunteered as mediators for the Johnson County Small Claims Mediation Project.


12.50 linear inches

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Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of Iowa.

Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1180) were donated by Marilyn Rose in 2009.

Related Materials

The papers of Earl F. Rose, Special Collections, The University of Iowa Libraries.

See also, the faculty vertical files under Earl Rose in Special Collections.

Johanna Meetz, 2010.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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