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PAPERS, 1916-2004
6 linear inches


Iowa Women's Archives
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Eleanor Eyestone Trummel Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The papers (donor no. 898) were donated by Eleanor Trummel in 2003 and 2005.
The papers are open for research.
The donor has retained copyright to her memoir Growing up Eleanor.
In Box 1.
Processed by:
Elizabeth Engel, 2005. [TrummelEleanor.doc]


Eleanor Ruth Eyestone Trummel was born October 31, 1915 to Winn Wilbur and Edna Valentine Godfrey Eyestone in Washington County, Iowa. Before their marriage, Eleanor Eyestone’s parents were both rural schoolteachers. After they married, her father became a farmer and later a carpenter, while her mother was a homemaker. During her first two years of school, Eleanor Eyestone was not well, so her mother taught her at home. She attended high school for three years at Washington, Iowa before graduating from Fairfield High School in 1933. Eyestone went on to attend Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) and received her B.S. in Home Economics Education in 1940.

Eleanor Eyestone taught for one year at Montrose High School in Montrose, Iowa. During World War II, Eyestone worked with the Iowa State College Extension Service as a home demonstration agent in Hancock and Winnebago counties. On August 5, 1942, she married John Franklin Merle Trummel. They raised four children: Elizabeth Anne, Barbara Gail, Bruce Allen, and Keith Eldon. Her husband died January 21, 2004.

Scope and Content Note

The Eleanor Eyestone Trummel papers date from 1916 to 2004 and measure 6 linear inches. The papers include Trummel's memoir, which she published in 2000, as well as writings and speeches she gave. Also included in the collection are materials used during her time with the Iowa State College Home Extension Service during World War II, scrapbooks on weather, and fallout shelter materials.

Box List

Box 1                          

Biographical information, 1940-2003


Certificates, 1916-2004


Fallout shelter materials, 1959-1966


Growing Up Eleanor: My Life and Times, memoir, 2002


Iowa State College Extension home economics, 1917-1997




“The Flood of 1993, Iowa City, Iowa,” 1993-1994


“Weather Stories,” 1971-1999


Writings and speeches


“Advice for a New Bride,” 1942


“How I Came to Write and Publish a Book,” 2002


“Missions Means ...,” 1979


“Trip to England,” 1971


“World War II on the Homefront,” 2002


Miscellaneous, 1933-2002





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