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Donna Schmidt papers

Identifier: IWA0856

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Scope and Contents

The Donna Schmidt papers date from 1938-2010 and measure 2 linear feet. The collection is comprised primarily of Schmidt's diaries, which span the period 1973 to 2010 and contain daily entries that discuss local and national news, the weather, and Schmidt's daily life including her health, social life, and farm activities. She often talked about planting, gardening, and other farm activities. The diaries also mention bridge, 4-H, and other clubs and organizations. In addition to the diaries, the collection includes one folder of family photographs from the years 1938-2009 and three pins associated with Schmidt's work as a nurse.


  • Creation: 1938-2010


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

Donna Ayers was born in 1921 to Elmer and Helen Ayers in Brandon, Iowa. When she was a young girl her father rented farms throughout eastern Iowa. As a result, the family moved often and Ayers attended schools in more than a dozen districts in Iowa. Donna Ayers graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in nursing and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, she served as a school nurse at the University preschool. In 1944 she married Fred Schmidt, a Johnson County farmer. The couple raised three children and were active in the Lutheran Church. Donna Schmidt died in 2011.


2.00 Linear Feet

Photographs in Box 5 boxes

Language of Materials



University of Iowa nurse who farmed with her husband in Johnson County, Iowa

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1267) were donated by John Schmidt in 2012.

Megan Blaue, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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