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Guide to the Millicent Mary Cuplin papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1889-1994
Creator: Cuplin, Millicent Mary (1866-1950)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0165
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Mathematics teacher at East High School in Des Moines who started the school's first ball team.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The scrapbook is open for research.

Use: Copyright has retained by the donor and their heirs.

Acquisition: The scrapbook (donor no. 240) was donated by Marilyn Cuplin Wirtz, Millicent Cuplin's grandniece, in 1994.

Preferred Citation: Millicent Mary Cuplin 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

Millicent Cuplin, educator and football enthusiast, was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, on December 4, 1866. Cuplin graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1884 and returned there to work as an assistant until 1890. Cuplin graduated from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1892 and taught mathematics at East Des Moines High School for nine years. During this time she coached and sponsored East High's first football team and helped make football an official school sport. In 1902 Cuplin moved to Prescott, Arizona, and served as principal of Prescott High. Cuplin eventually returned to Iowa Falls and lived there until her death on March 31, 1950.

The Millicent Mary Cuplin scrapbook measures 1 linear inch and dates from 1889-1994. The scrapbook, compiled by Marilyn Wirtz, contains photocopies of letters of recommendation and references written for Cuplin, school directories, other memorabilia from East High School, and photographs of East High's first football team. Also included are several newspaper articles dating from 1994, when East High celebrated the centennial of its football program; Cuplin's contributions to the program are featured in some of the articles. A genealogical chart of Cuplin's family makes up the final folder.

Copies of the Millicent Mary Cuplin scrapbook are also held by the State Historical Society of Iowa, located in Iowa City and Des Moines.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Scrapbook - 1889-1994
  • Newspaper clippings - 1994
  • Genealogical chart, undated