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Guide to the Mary Lou Kirk scrapbook

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1942-1949
Creator: Kirk, Mary Lou (1929-2004)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0743
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Created by Kirk, when she belonged to the Glad Girls of Grove 4-H chapter in Grove Township, Cass County, Iowa.

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 scrapbook (donor no. 914) was donated by Mary Lou Kirk in 2003

Preferred Citation: Mary Lou Kirk scrapbook, 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

Mary Lou Kirk was born in 1929 in Atlantic, Iowa, to Hale and Romaine Kirk. In high school, Kirk was a member of the Glad Girls of Grove 4-H chapter in Grove Township. She graduated from Atlantic High School in 1946, and subsequently attended Simpson College in Indianoloa, Iowa. From 1950 to 1960, she taught English and speech in Mapleton and Denison, Iowa. She later received an MA in English and Library Science at the State University of Iowa, now the University of Iowa. In 1960, Kirk moved to West Des Moines, where she was the media specialist at Valley High School and the chair of the media department. While employed by the West Des Moines Public Schools, Kirk helped to organize Valley High's first chapter of the National Honor Society. She retired from teaching in 1989.

Kirk was a member of the West Des Moines Methodist Church and served on several church committees. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators, and a member of PEO. Kirk was a charter member of the Alpha Delta Chapter in northwest Iowa; in 1997, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award for the state of Iowa.

Mary Lou Kirk died in 2004.

The Mary Lou Kirk scrapbook dates from 1942 to 1949 and measures 2.5 linear inches.  The scrapbook was assembled as part of a 4-H project for the Glad Girls of Grove 4-H chapter in Grove Township in Cass County, Iowa.  It includes photographs of 4-H members, Kirk's reflections on 4-H projects, and documentation about 4-H requirements.

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Series 1: General

  • Series 1: General
  • Box 1:
  • 4-H scrapbook - 1942-1949