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Guide to the Eleanor Eyestone Trummel papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1916-2004
Creator: Trummel, Eleanor Eyestone (1915-2011)
Extent: 6.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0518
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Home demonstration agent for Iowa State College Extension Service and homemaker.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 1.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: The donor has retained copyright to her memoir "Growing up Eleanor."

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 898) were donated by Eleanor Trummel in 2003 and 2005.

Preferred Citation: Eleanor Eyestone Trummel 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

Eleanor Ruth Eyestone Trummel was born October 31, 1915 to Winn Wilbur and Edna Valentine Godfrey Eyestone in Washington County, Iowa. Before their marriage, Eleanor Eyestone's parents were both rural schoolteachers. After they married, her father became a farmer and later a carpenter, while her mother was a homemaker. During her first two years of school, Eleanor Eyestone was not well, so her mother taught her at home. She attended high school for three years at Washington, Iowa before graduating from Fairfield High School in 1933. Eyestone went on to attend Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) and received her B.S. in Home Economics Education in 1940.

Eleanor Eyestone taught for one year at Montrose High School in Montrose, Iowa. During World War II, Eyestone worked with the Iowa State College Extension Service as a home demonstration agent in Hancock and Winnebago counties. On August 5, 1942, she married John Franklin Merle Trummel. They raised four children: Elizabeth Anne, Barbara Gail, Bruce Allen, and Keith Eldon. Her husband died January 21, 2004.

The Eleanor Eyestone Trummel papers date from 1916 to 2004 and measure 6 linear inches. The papers include Trummel's memoir, which she published in 2000, as well as writings and speeches she gave. Also included in the collection are materials used during her time with the Iowa State College Home Extension Service during World War II, scrapbooks on weather, and fallout shelter materials.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Biographical information - 1940-2003
  • Certificates - 1916-2004
  • Fallout shelter materials - 1959-1966
  • Growing Up Eleanor: My Life and Times, memoir - 2002
  • Iowa State College Extension home economics - 1917-1997
  • Scrapbooks: "The Flood of 1993, Iowa City, Iowa" - 1993-1994
  • Scrapbooks: "Weather Stories" - 1971-1999
  • Writings and speeches: "Advice for a New Bride" - 1942
  • Writings and speeches: "How I Came to Write and Publish a Book" - 2002
  • Writings and speeches: "Missions Means " - 1979
  • Writings and speeches: "Trip to England" - 1971
  • Writings and speeches: "World War II on the Homefront" - 2002
  • Miscellaneous - 1933-2002
  • Photographs