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Guide to the Edith Sprout memoir

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1978
Creator: Sprout, Edith (1895-1979)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0682
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Farm woman raised in western Iowa and North Dakota who wrote about her childhood in her memoir.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The memoir is open for research.

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

Acquisition: The memoir (donor no. 547) was donated by Dorothy Place in 1998.

Preferred Citation: Edith Sprout 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

Farmwoman Edith J. Thomson Sprout was born near Kingsley, in northern Iowa, November 4, 1895. She, her parents and her three siblings lived on a farm there until 1910, when the ill-health of her father precipitated a move to South Dakota. There the family operated a succession of general stores before returning to farming. Edith Thomson graduated from high school in Salem, South Dakota, in 1913. She taught intermittently while attending a two-year teacher's training course at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she graduated in 1916. She taught until her mother's death, after which she returned to keep house for her father. She then taught for one year before marrying LeRoy Sprout on December 25, 1919. After their marriage, they followed the Sprout family to Palo Alto County, Iowa. LeRoy and Edith Sprout farmed in five different locations in that county for twenty-six years before moving to Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1945.

The Edith Sprout memoir, "Memories," concerns her early in western Iowa. In it, she describes the farmhouse, her childhood activities, children's farm chores, games, "gypsies" who farmed adjacent land, and working as hired help during college.
Dorothy Sprout Place memoir, "The War Years, 1938-1945 -- How World War II Changed My Life" (IWA).

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Personal Names:
Sprout, Edith, 1895-1979


Rural girls
Farm life
Nineteen hundreds (Decade)
Nineteen tens
Family life
Rural families


Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Plymouth County
United States -- South Dakota

Genre/Form of Materials:

Rural and Farm Women