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JoAnn Kramer papers

Identifier: IWA0958

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Scope and Contents

The JoAnn Kramer papers date from 1941-2004 and measure 12 linear inches. The papers are arranged in five series: Biographical, Education: University of Iowa, Professional, BRAIN of Iowa, and Audiovisual.

The Biographical (1952-2004) series consists of general information, a homemade book of marriage advice, and a 4-H Club Member’s Record book compiled by JoAnn Schmidt Kramer when she was in middle and high school.

The Education: University of Iowa (1968-2004) series contains school papers written by Kramer and other class materials, copies of the department newsletter Major Matters, school programs, graduation materials, and alumni information.

The Professional (1941-1973) series consists of the 1941 Iowa Plan of Physical Education, newspaper articles covering Kramer’s work, letters, and a staff manual for Camp Ingawanis, Conestoga Council of Girl Scouts, Waterloo, Iowa. Also included are guides and other resources used for teaching health for girls and physical education.One textbook is included in this series: Growth through Play by Albert Farina (1959). Five additional textbooks are shelved in Iowa Women’s Archives printed works: Physical Education in the Elementary School (1951) by Winifred Van Hagen; Individual Sports for Women (1956) by Dorothy Ainsworth; Physical Education for Children (1958) by Elizabeth Halsey; Function of the Human Body (1959) by Arthur Guyton; and Social Games for Recreation (1959) by Evelyne Borst.

The BRAIN of Iowa (1982-1990) series has copies of the newsletter “Brainstorming,” informational pamphlets and letters, and newspaper articles covering the activities and successes of BRAIN of Iowa. Also included is Kramer’s appointment by the state governor to the Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities from 1990 to 1993.

The Audiovisual (1955) series includes one videocassette and one vinyl record. The vinyl record is titled Dance Technical with Mary Woolridge as the pianist. The videocassette is titled “Yarn about a Kitchen” and features Irene Kramer, Jerry Kramer’s mother. Iowa State University engineers filmed her cooking a favorite meal while red yarn tracked her steps around the room. They then remodeled the kitchen and filmed the same sequence in the more efficient space. The film was shown in high schools around the state.


  • Creation: 1941-2004


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

JoAnn Schmidt Kramer was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1940 to Harry and Verona Schmidt. After graduating from Waterloo East High School in 1958, she enrolled at the University of Iowa and studied in the Department of Physical Education for Women, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1962. She married Jerry Kramer, a high school teacher. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, she taught in the Waterloo school district as a physical education instructor and coach for thirteen years. In 1975, Kramer returned to the University of Northern Iowa to become certified as a teacher consultant in special education. She retired from teaching in 1999.

In 1980, after her daughter was in an accident resulting in a brain injury, JoAnn Kramer worked with other parents to found BRAIN of Iowa, later renamed the Brain Injury Alliance, to help support and advocate for individuals with brain trauma. In 1987, she was appointed to the Iowa Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, as well as the State Task Force on Head Injury in 1988, the State of Iowa Governor’s Advisory Council on head Injury in 1989, and the Advisory Council for the Midwest Regional Head Injury Center for Rehabilitation and Prevention in 1991.


12.00 linear inches

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Physical education and special education teacher in Waterloo, Iowa, who helped found BRAIN of Iowa, an advocacy organization for individuals with brain injuries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1332) were donated by Jerry and JoAnn Kramer in 2013.

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University of Iowa Department of Physical Education for Women records

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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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