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Guide to the Carrie V. Talcott papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1913-1981
Creator: Talcott, Carrie V. (1890-1981)
Extent: 1.25 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0687
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Active clubwoman, Methodist, writer and farmer from Fayette County who spent 19 years in a retirement home in Fort Dodge.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 3.

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 nos. 387 and 570) were donated by Gladys Rife in 1996 and Margaret Talcott Boedeker in 1999.

Preferred Citation: Carrie V. Talcott 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
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Carrie Talcott, farmer, writer, and clubwoman, was born Carrie Violet Johnson on February 22, 1890, to Elwood and Laura Hinshaw Johnson in Jefferson County, Iowa. Her family moved to Poweshiek and later to Fayette County during her childhood. She graduated from Maynard High School in Fayette County in 1908 and took the teacher training program at Upper Iowa University in Fayette that summer. She taught rural school briefly in the northern Minnesota town of Aiken, returning to Fayette County to marry Myron Talcott on March 10, 1909. They lived and worked at the Talcott farm, Tall Oaks, and raised five children, Leonard, Charles, Gladys, Margaret, and Wesley.

Carrie Talcott was involved in many community activities. She served six years in the American Home Department of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, including two years as chairman of its Home Making Division. Talcott was a member of the Methodist church, joining in Grinnell in1899. She retired to West Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge in 1962 and became an active member of the First United Methodist Church and its Women's Society of Christian Service (now United Methodist Women). At Ft. Dodge, she served as an officer of the Friendship Haven Home Service Society Committee and was an active member of its writing class. In May 1981, Talcott moved to Tompkins Memorial Center. She died on July 15, 1981.

The Carrie Talcott papers date from 1913 to 1981 and measure 1.25 linear feet. The papers are arranged in seven series: Biographical; Correspondence; Diaries; Personal Planners; Friendship Haven Home for the Retired (Ft. Dodge, IA); Religious Activities; Travel; Writings; and Photographs.

The Diaries series constitutes the bulk of the collection and consists of daily diary entries covering intermittent years from 1913 to 1975 (see box list). The diaries detail daily tasks and social events of a farmer and clubwoman.

The Writings series includes her original poems, plays, and letters to the editor.

The Friendship Haven Home for the Retired (Ft. Dodge, IA) series consists of committee records, scrapbooks, and writing class publications that document the social and creative activities of its residents.
Gladys Talcott Rife papers (IWA): Rife was the eldest daughter of Carrie Talcott.

Margaret Boedecker papers (IWA): Boedeker was the second daughter of Carrie Talcott.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 3: DIARIES
Series 4: FRIENDSHIP HAVEN, HOME FOR THE RETIRED (FORT DODGE, IOWA)
Series 5: RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
Series 6: TRAVEL
Series 7: WRITINGS
Series 8: PHOTOGRAPHS

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Box 1:
  • 1981 Memorial service program: Randalia, Iowa, 100th Anniversary - 1874-1974
  • 1981 Memorial service program: Fayette Co. - 1974
  • Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 1:
  • Personal - 1934, 1948, 1974
  • Political Letters from Harold Hughes (former governor of Iowa and United States senator) - 1968-1976
  • Miscellaneous - 1970-1978
  • Series 3: DIARIES
  • Box 1:
  • Diaries - 1913, 1941, 1954, 1959, 1962
  • Diaries - 1961, 1966
  • Diaries - 1967, 1969
  • Box 2:
  • Diaries - 1970-1971, 1973-1974
  • Diaries - 1975
  • Farm homemaking notebook, undated
  • Personal planners: Correspondence record - 1971
  • Personal planners: Address book - 1979
  • Series 4: FRIENDSHIP HAVEN, HOME FOR THE RETIRED (FORT DODGE, IOWA)
  • Box 2:
  • Friendship Haven Reporter - 1962-1972
  • Writing class: Newspaper clipping - 1977
  • Writing class: Leaves of Gold, undated
  • Home Service Society Committee - 1973-1974
  • News and Dos scrapbook - 1973-1975
  • Scrapbook, undated
  • Series 5: RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
  • Box 3:
  • North Iowa Annual Conference of the Methodist Church - 1952
  • North Iowa Annual Conference of the Methodist Church - 1963
  • Randalia Methodist Church: 25th annual homecoming - 1946
  • Randalia Methodist Church: 35th annual homecoming - 1956
  • Randalia Methodist Church: Annual homecoming - 1977
  • Women's Society of Christian Service: Annual conference memos - 1947
  • Women's Society of Christian Service: Life member award - 1960
  • Series 6: TRAVEL
  • Box 3:
  • Diaries - 1954, 1958
  • Ephemera - 1954-1972
  • Series 7: WRITINGS
  • Box 3:
  • Bible study - 1970
  • General Federated Womens Club Poetry Recognition Tea - 1936
  • Heritage (one act play), undated
  • Letters to the editor: Newspaper clippings - 1970, 1972
  • Letters to the editor: Rough drafts
  • Oak Tree Stands Straight and Tall: The Poems of Carrie V. Talcott
  • Miscellaneous - 1952-1961
  • Series 8: PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Box 3:
  • Photographs - 1934-1969
  • Scrapbook - 1968-1970