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Guide to the Thelma Carmichael papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1905-1948
Creator: Carmichael, Thelma
Extent: .25 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0592
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: An illustrated booklet promoting a playpen designed by Carmichael’s father.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The Thelma Carmichael papers (donor no. 167) were donated by Alyce Houston Schavone in 1998.

Preferred Citation: Thelma Carmichael 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

Thelma Carmichael was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Carmichael, an old family in the Tama, Iowa community. In 1905, S.D. Carmichael patented a playpen he designed for his only child. Called "Thelma's Screened Cariole," the playpen was manufactured by S.D. Carmichael, promoted through an illustrated booklet and sold both directly and through furniture stores. In 1948, Thelma Carmichael was still a well known citizen of Tama, serving as secretary-treasurer of the Tama County Historical Society of Iowa.

The Thelma Carmichael papers date from 1905 and 1948 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers consist of two items. There is the illustrated booklet "Thelma's Screened Cariole," used to promote the playpen designed by S.D. Carmichael, Thelma's father. With the booklet are photographs of the playpen in both its assembled and folded states. The second item is "A Pictorial Record of Historical Exhibits in the Tama County Court House," a 1948 Tama County Historical Society publication that lists Thelma Carmichael as secretary-treasurer of the organization.

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    This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

    Personal Names:
    Carmichael, Thelma
    Carmichael, S. D.

    Corporate Names:
    Tama County Historical Society




    Geographic Names:
    United States -- Iowa -- Tama

    Genre/Form of Materials:
    Personal papers