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Guide to the Marie Giddings papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1980
Creator: Giddings, Marie (1908-)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0426
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Detailed account of farm and rural community life as Marie Giddings knew it growing up in Kossuth County during the early 20th century.

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. 622) were donated by Joyce Rigby in 1999.

Preferred Citation: Marie Giddings 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

Marie Harris Giddings, teacher and family historian, was born in 1908 in Illinois. She grew up on a farm in north central Iowa, graduating from high school in 1926. She then attended Teacher's College, now University of Northern Iowa, and taught in rural schools until her marriage in 1934. She and her husband moved to California in 1944 where she resumed teaching. Giddings decided to write a history of her parent's family in 1964 and dedicated herself to its completion after the death of her brother in 1980.

Marie Harris Giddings' History of the Harris Family, 1898 to approximately 1930 dates from 1980 and measures one linear inch.  This family history is a remarkably rich and detailed account of farm and rural community life as Marie Giddings knew it growing up in Kossuth County.  It includes descriptions of the rhythmic patterns of farm work, recreation, school and church activities, illness and medical care, and the economic realities that shaped her family's life.  This account is also a rich source of information about gender in rural Iowa in the first half of the twentieth century.  Photocopies of photographs of farm implements and family activities accompany the text.

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