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Guide to the Judy Herron Hoit papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1950-1998
Creator: Hoit, Judy Herron (1945-)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0373
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Disability access and awareness advocate and 1996 Ms. Wheelchair Iowa winner.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 videocassettes  [V183, V184].

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 531 ) were donated by Judy Hoit in 1998.

Preferred Citation: Judy Herron Hoit papers, 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

Judy Herron Hoit was born July 7, 1945 on a farm south of Coon Rapids, Iowa. Shortly after her fourth birthday she contracted infantile paralysis (polio). In 1952 she received six months of treatment at a polio facility built by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Georgia. During this period she had surgery to straighten her knees and feet. Hoit spent most of the next six years at Warm Springs, returning to her home when she was thirteen. She graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1964. In 1964 she married Arnold Hoit and from this marriage had two sons. Following her divorce in 1977 Hoit and her sons moved to Iowa City where she worked as a receptionist and typist. Though many people suggested she request disability status, she resisted the idea. Hoit authored several articles explaining disability access and disability awareness.

Judy Hoit won the Handicapped Woman of Iowa Pageant in 1991, which led to many speaking engagements for her throughout the state. She created a consulting business which addresses the accessibility and awareness issues for persons with disabilities. In 1996 Hoit was named Ms. Wheelchair Iowa. She was state coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair Iowa in 1997 and 1998.

The Judy Herron Hoit papers date from 1950 to 1998 and measure one linear inch. They consist of Hoit's 52-page autobiography, My World has Access Now; magazine and newspaper articles by and about Hoit; awards she has received; photocopies of candid photographs of Hoit's stay in the Warm Springs, Georgia, polio facility; and articles abouther 1998 trip to South Africa. There are two videocassettes about Hoit. One is a part of Iowa Public Television's Living in Iowa Series (April 30, 1998); the other is entitled Wheelchair Bound (November 1991).

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