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ROSE STOOPS (1895-2001)
PAPERS, 1916-2004
QUANTITY:10 linear inches

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 948) were donated by Jo Wilch in 2004.

The papers are open for research.
Copyright: Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Preferred Citation:
Box #, Rose Stoops, Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Photographs: In Box 1.
Audiovisual: None.

Processed by: Lindsay Shannon, 2008.

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Rose Edie Rhinehart Stoops was born in 1895 near Tingley, in Ringgold County, Iowa. She graduated from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) with a degree in pharmacy in 1918. During the 1920s, Edie taught Latin and mathematics in Iowa and Illinois high schools. In 1933, she married Harry Rhinehart and they farmed near Deep River, Iowa. After Rhinehart died in 1936, Rose moved to Deep River, Iowa, where she began work as a nurse. She moved to Grinnell, Iowa during World War II, where she worked as a nurse until marrying Grinnell College philosophy professor John D. Stoops (1873-1973) in 1951. Rose became involved with the Grinnell Museum Project that year.

From 1951 until 1986, Stoops served in many local organizations, including the Grinnell Museum Society, Grinnell Museum Auxiliary, Historical and Literary Club, Tuesday Club, and the Women's Fellowship of the Congregational Church. She served as acting curator of the Grinnell Historical Museum from 1965-1986. In recognition of her contributions, September 12, 1981, was declared Rose Stoops Day in Grinnell.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Rose Stoops date from 1916 to 2004 and measure 10 linear inches. The collection is arranged in three series: Biographical, Career, and Correspondence.The papers document the life of Rose Stoops and emphasize her involvement with the founding of the Grinnell Historical Museum in Grinnell, Iowa.

The Biographical series (1918-2001) contains personal writings, family information, photographs, papers relating to John D. Stoops, awards and certificates, information on Rose Stoops Day, and artifacts including address and guest books, receipt books, and war ration books.

The Career series (1916-1995) contains correspondence and memorabilia from the University of Iowa, information about the Grinnell Historical Museum and Grinnell Tuesday Club, Trenton High School yearbooks from her teaching career, and newspaper clippings.

The Correspondence series (1951-1995) contains cards and letters addressed to Rose Stoops.

Box List

Box 1
Biographical Information
Writings, 1989-2001
Personal history, 1988-2001
Family, 1923-1945
Photographs, 1918-1984
Awards and certificates, 1981-2001
John D. Stoops, 1958-1974
Rose Stoops Day, 1981
Artifacts, 1922-1995

Box 2
University of Iowa, donor appreciation and memorabilia, 1916-1995
Teaching, Trenton High School yearbooks, 1920-1921
Grinnell Museum, Grinnell Tuesday Club, memberships, 1953-1992
Newspaper clippings, 1927-1988
Letters, 1953-1995

For more information about this collection contact the Iowa Women's Archives.

Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City IA 52242.
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