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Guide to the Adelia M. Hoyt papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1915-2011
Creator: Hoyt, Adelia M. (1865 - ?)
Extent: .25 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0844
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Photos and a memoir written by a blind woman who helped establish the Iowa Home for Sightless Women in Des Moines.

Access: The papers are open for research

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 1288) were donated by Beverly Tyree in 2013.

Preferred Citation: Adelia M. Hoyt 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

Adelia M. Hoyt was born on December 3, 1865 in a prairie sod house near Cedar Falls, Iowa. At age five, Hoyt suffered a fever leading to degenerative eyesight. Recurring fevers during her childhood further damaged her vision as well as her physical health. As she grew older the fevers stopped and her physical health returned, but her eyesight had been permanently damaged. Her parents arranged for her to attend the Iowa School for the Blind. In 1915, Hoyt helped to establish the Iowa Home for Sightless Women, which provided housing and income for blind women.

The Adelia M. Hoyt papers consist of one folder and measure 0.25 linear inches. The folder contains Hoyt's memoir, "Unfolding Years," a postcard of the Iowa Home for Sightless Women, a 2011 article about the home by Peggy Chong, and a photograph of Adelia Hoyt and family in 1940.

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Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Memoir and photographs, ca. - 1915, 1950