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Jessie Field Shambaugh papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 16/3/60

Scope and Content

The Shambaugh Papers consist mainly of information written about Jessie Field Shambaugh and her pioneering efforts to create the 4-H movement. There is a cassette tape of a slide presentation entitled, “Jessie Field, Mother of 4-H,” two additional cassette tapes of a speech and interview with Shambaugh, photographs of Shambaugh as well as photographs of a watch given to her in 1911, and scrapbooks.


  • 1901-1998, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Celestia Josephine “Jessie” Field was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on June 26, 1881. She died in 1971 after suffering a hip fracture and developing pneumonia. She is buried in Clarinda, Iowa. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1899 and attended Western Normal College in Shenandoah until the spring of 1901, when she accepted a teaching position at Goldenrod School in Page County, Iowa. As a teacher she developed a curriculum that related to the children’s environment and future occupations. She developed a Girls Home Club and Boys Corn Club, the forerunner of 4-H Clubs. The Clubs met on alternating days with the boys studying agriculture with scientific emphasis and the girls studying gardening, cooking, sewing, and other homemaking arts. She is known as the mother of 4-H.


0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

Items in related collections

RS 16/3. Iowa State University. Cooperative Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics records

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 16/3/60. Jessie Field Shambaugh papers, 1901-1998, undated
January 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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