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Guide to the Olson/Clampitt memoirs

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1933-1995
Creator: Olson/Clampitt memoirs
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0736
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Memoirs of life in rural Iowa.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no.1088) were donated by Richard Olson in 2006.

Preferred Citation: Olson/Clampitt memoirs, 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

Frank T. Clampitt was born in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1860. His memior relates historical accounts of the area and his pioneer ancestors who settled there prior to the Civil War. Memories of his childhood and young adulthood include anecdotes about the Amana Colonies, the Quaker meeting house at Honey Creek, Iowa, and his own personal biography. He died in New Providence, Iowa, in 1943.

Alice M. (Clampitt Farrell) Olson was born near New Providence in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1904. Her unpublished memoir contains anecdotal accounts of her life, which revolve around north central Iowa, and her career in social work. In 1995, when she compiled her memoir, she was 91 years old and living in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

The Clampitt/Olson Memoirs (1933-1995) contain manuscripts about life in rural Iowa from the mid-nineteenth century through the late twentieth century.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: Olson/Clampitt

  • Series 1: Olson/Clampitt
  • Box 1:
  • Summary - undated
  • Frank T. Clampitt, Some Incidents in My Life: A Saga of the "Unknown" Citizen - [Third edition, 1992] 1933
  • Olson, Alice M., "Tell Us a Story of Your Life," unpublished manuscript - 1995