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Elva J. Brown 4-H scrapbooks

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 16/3/4/55

Scope and Content

The collection (1925-1942) consists of two 4-H scrapbooks and one 4-H record book created by Elva J. Brown. The record book contained club programs, letters of recommendation, record books for 4-H projects, a list of personal and club activities, her 4-H story, photographs, newspaper clippings, reports on her experiences at the Iowa State Fair and the 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, and souvenirs such as programs, postcards, and certificates. A number of images and clippings removed from book, possibly to be used in a younger sister’s record book as it appears Elva reused some material previously used by her sister Anna.

In 1932, Elva was solicited by the Farm Bureau women of her township to be a cooperator with the county extension agent in that year’s 4-H home furnishings project. As a cooperator she attended a special training school for other cooperators and leaders presented by the county home demonstration agent in the proper methods to complete the project. They were to take what they learned back to their local school district to teach those interested in the methods for refinishing furniture, chair caning, and textile block printing. The second scrapbook contains bulletins, correspondence, programs, and forms related to Brown’s role as cooperator for the home furnishings project.

The third item in the collection is a large scrapbook containing 4-H souvenirs and memorabilia Brown accumulated during her time in 4-H. Materials include her name badge for the National 4-H Congress (1932) along with programs and clippings related to the trip; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation women’s luncheon program (1933) and button/name badge; state girls’ convention programs (1931-1942); a 4-H Club News newsletter; and news clippings.


  • Creation: 1925-1942

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Elva J. Brown was born on November 1, 1912, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown of Boone, Iowa. As a youth, she joined the Jackson Jolly Janes 4-H Club of Boone County. She completed several projects in baking, canning, clothing, and home furnishing. Brown was an active member of her club and over the years and served as secretary, historian, reporter, and song leader. Brown was elected President (1931-1932) of Boone County Girls’ 4-H Clubs and also served as Secretary (1932-1933) of the State Girls’ 4-H Clubs. She attended the state convention (1932) and National 4-H Congress in Chicago (1932).

Brown continued to be active in 4-H after she reached the maximum age to be a member of the youth program. She served as the Boone County 4-H Girls’ Club music chairwoman for a number of years. She also accompanied the Boone County Rural Women’s Chorus (1939) as they performed in various competitions and at events across the county and state. She later married Orrin Geymon of Boone, Iowa.


1.67 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

Items in related collections

RS 16/3/4. Iowa State University. 4-H Youth Development records, 1915-2010

Related collection materials

Some related collections include the Iowa 4-H Records (RS 16/3/4), the Iowa 4-H Foundation Records (RS 16/3/7), the Jessie Field Shambaugh Collection (RS 16/3/60), and the 4-H record books and papers of James Kearns (RS 16/3/66), Verneil Branstad (RS 16/3/4/51), Marie Mann (RS 16/3/4/52), Lucille Peterson (RS 16/3/4/53), and Evelyn Peterson (RS 16/3/4/54).

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 16/3/4/55. Elva J. Brown 4-H scrapbooks, 1925-1942
January 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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