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Iris Macumber and Ruth Macumber Follmer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/228

Scope and Content

The collection (1924-1992, undated) contains course notes, recipes, programs, and Iowa State University memorabilia relating to the Macumbers' time as teachers and home demonstration agents. The collection also contains notebooks from a high school home economics course, two scrapbooks, and Iris Macumber's freshman beanie from Iowa State College (University).

The collection contains two scrapbooks compiled by Iris during her time as a student (1926-1930) and as a home demonstration agent (1935-1940). Iris's leather-bound college scrapbook contains schedules and tickets to athletic events; programs for shows and performances; photographs of campus buildings and classmates; party invitations, napkins, and favors; a student handbook; and other Iowa State memorabilia. The other scrapbook is loose-leaf and was compiled during her time as a county home demonstration agent in Iowa. This scrapbook contains materials from home demonstration agent annual banquets, such as programs, decorations, and party favors; photographs of the agents; programs for Iowa State Extension banquets and conferences; and programs for 4-H Girls' Club Conventions and state fair exhibits.


  • Creation: 1924-1992, undated

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Iris Elizabeth Macumber was born on May 1, 1908, to Ora and Ella Kennedy Macumber in Madison County, Iowa. She graduated from Winterset High School in 1926 and received her B. S. (1930) from Iowa State College (University) in home economics. She taught at Macksburg Schools for two years and worked for the Iowa Extension Service as a home deomonstration agent for a number of years. She later moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked for the Ohio Extension Service. She retired from the Ohio Extension Service in 1976. Iris passed away on June 4, 1996.

Iris's sister, Ruth Fidilla Macumber, was born on February 15, 1910, in Lincoln township, Madison County, Iowa. She graduated from Winterset High School in 1928 and received her B.S. (1932) from Iowa State College (University) in home economics. She taught home economics at various high schools in Iowa from 1932 to 1958. She married Carl Follmer in 1938 and they had four daughters. She passed away on January 18, 2005, in Stanley, Iowa.


2.89 Linear Feet (4 document boxes,1 half-document box, 1 oversized box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/228. Iris Macumber and Ruth Macumber Follmer papers, 1924-1992, undated
January 22, 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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