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Guide to the Ruth M. Roland Cowden diary

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1996
Creator: Cowden, Ruth M. Roland (1894-1978)
Extent: 1.00 item.
Collection Number: IWA0287
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Transcription of the 1921 diary of a journey by car from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles, California.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been retained by the donor and his heirs.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 392) were donated by Earl Roland Cowden in 1996.

Preferred Citation: Ruth M. Roland Cowden diary, 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
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Ruth Miriam Roland was born on November 20, 1894 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Drake University and married Earl William Cowden in 1920. In 1921 the Cowden's traveled by car from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles, California, where they lived the rest of their lives. Ruth Cowden died in 1978.

The Ruth M. Roland Cowden travel diary was written in 1921. Cowden's travel diary from her trip from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Earl William Cowden, in 1921 is the only item in this collection. Ruth Cowden's son, Earl Roland Cowden, transcribed the diary in 1996 and added photocopies of photographs of their travels and a map of their journey. The transcription consists of a typed transcription of Ruth Cowden's 1921 trip with her husband and parents from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles, California.

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