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Guide to the Zelda Babcock Wolfe memoir

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Creator: Wolfe, Zelda Babcock (1901-1995)
Extent: 1.00 item.
Collection Number: IWA0239
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Riceville, Iowa, mother, homemaker, and teacher.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

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

Preferred Citation: Zelda Babcock Wolfe memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

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.

The Zelda Babcock Wolfe memoirs 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.

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