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Guide to the Irene Rock Zindel papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1930-1998
Creator: Zindel, Irene Rock (1917-)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0702
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Scott County, Iowa, farm woman who was active in 4-H and the Farm Bureau.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 1

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. 763) were donated by Irene Zindel in 2001.

Preferred Citation: Irene Rock Zindel 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

Irene Rock Zindel was born in 1917 in Dixon, Iowa, the only child of Hilda and Albert Rock. She grew up on the family farm and attended a one-room country school until the age of fourteen. She continued her education by boarding in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from high school in 1935. She was a member of the Tri Mu 4-H Club of Scott County, Iowa, in the 1930s. She won a trip to the national 4-H Congress in Chicago where she participated in a national cherry pie baking contest.

In 1939 she married Ralph Zindel and the couple raised two children. Irene Zindel was a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, and served on the Home Extension Council. She also held several different offices in the Scott County Farm Bureau and twice attended national Farm Bureau women's conferences.

The Irene Rock Zindel papers date from 1930 to 1998 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged alphabetically, and consist of Zindel's 4-H personal record books, newspaper clippings about rural Scott County women, and two photographs which show Farm Bureau women making trays and fireless cookers. All the women in the photographs are identified. The "Beat Your Own Record" personal record books are ledgers for personal accounting and teach 4-H girls to spend money wisely. The format of the ledgers changed in 1936 and was called "My Personal Accounts.
Myrtle Keppy (IWA): Scott County woman who was involved with 4-H and later became the county 4-H president.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • 4-H personal record books - 1930-1934
  • 4-H personal record books - 1936-1937
  • Scott County women newspaper clippings: 4-H and Farm Bureau members - 1948-1997
  • Scott County women newspaper clippings: Arts, crafts, and miscellaneous - 1945-1998
  • Scott County women newspaper clippings: Edna Spies - 1971
  • Photographs of Farm Bureau women, undated