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TITLE:»ROSEMARY THARP (1921-1994)

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»PAPERS, DATES:»1940s-1994

»QUANTITY:»1 linear inch

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »papers (donor no. 177) were donated by »Rosemary Tharp in 1993.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In folder »1.

PROCESSED BY:

Your name, year»Marnie Schroer, 1995.

 

»Biography

            Begin text here:»Rosemary Tharp was born on January 26, 1921, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She entered Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in 1938 and graduated in 1942.  After working a summer making cartridge belts for the army at the Hinson Manufacturing Company in Waterloo, Iowa, she began teaching junior and senior high school social studies in Kanawha, Iowa. 

 

            In December 1942, Tharp joined the WAVES, the women's branch of the Navy. She was sent first to Smith College and later to Mount Holyoke College, both in Massachusetts, for officer's training and communication school.  After training, Tharp was assigned to a naval air station in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Later she became head of the communications department there; however, since women were not supposed to have men under their charge, a male personnel officer held the position on paper.  In 1944, she married Herman Tharp, whom she had been dating since college.  She was discharged from the WAVES on October 25, 1945.

 

            Tharp later returned to school to earn a master's degree.  She worked in the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, and helped to author several scientific articles during the early 1970s.  From 1977 until her retirement in 1985, she was employed as a research assistant in the Department of Preventive Medicine, State Cancer Registry of Iowa.  She died of a stroke on September 27, 1994.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The »Rosemary Tharp papers date from »the 1940s to 1994 and measure 1 linear inch.  The »bulk of the collection consists of a personal memoir and a family history written by Tharp.  The first, "The Spring of Our Lives," chronicles the period from 1938 to approximately 1945, centering on Tharp's experiences in the WAVES and her courtship with Herman Tharp.  The second primarily describes her mother and father, Everett A. and Vesie Fleming, and a paternal grandmother, Minerva Etheline Ford Fleming.  The papers also contain reprints of several scientific articles which Tharp co-authored, most from the Cleft Palate Journal; a copy of her obituary; and two photographs of Tharp in WAVES uniforms.

 

Related Collections

 

Begin text here:»T.F. Poduska papers

            T.F. Poduska, an artist living in Colorado, is Rosemary Tharp's sister.  She drew the sketches contained in the family history.

 

 

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Folder 1

»Obituary, September 30, 1994

Personal memoir, 1992

Family history, 1992

Journal articles, 1973-1976

Photographs, 1940s