SUBTITLE:»PAPERS, DATES:»1938-1995 (bulk 1961-1985)

QUANTITY:»7 linear inches and audiovisual material




The »papers (donor no. 148) were donated by »Martha Stoessel Wahl in 1993 and succeeding years.


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


»In boxes 2 and 4.


»One multi-media kit located in box 2 and two super 8mm films shelved in the film collection (F2-F3).


»In boxes 1 and 3.


Your name, year»Kristen Rassbach, 1996.




            Begin text here:»Martha "Stacey" Stoessel Wahl was an educator and a self-proclaimed "gadgeter."  She was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on March 9, 1916.  Wahl received her B.A. from the State University of Iowa, now the University of Iowa, in 1938 and her M.A. from Columbia University.  She taught high school mathematics for seven years and, until 1986 when she retired, she taught math at the college and university levels.  She married John Wahl, a nuclear physicist, in 1943.  They had three children.


            After retiring as a full professor of math and computer science at Western Connecticut State University, Wahl gave regional and national workshops at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics meetings.  She holds two patents for educational toys, has written several professional articles,  collaborated on a book with her husband John Wahl, and created a multi-media kit for the teaching of mathematics to children.




Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The» Martha Stoessel Wahl papers date from »1938 to 1995 and measure »7 linear inches.  The »papers »are arranged in »two series:  »Personal and Professional.  The scrapbook contained in the Personal series consists of newspaper clippings concerning both her private life and her professional life.


            Dr. Ruth Lane was Wahl's mentor and the woman who turned her professional aspirations from history to the teaching of mathematics.  Lane supervised Wahl's student teaching at University High in Iowa City, Iowa.  It is to her memory that this collection is dedicated.


            The Professional series includes Wahl’s published articles, presentations she gave to illustrate various methods of teaching mathematics, artifacts and kits she devised to teach mathematics to children, photographs, and two films.


            Wahl's two books, I Can Count the Petals of a Flower (1976), co-authored with John Wahl, and The Flavor of Our Lives:  Grandma Stacey's Memoirs (1995), are shelved in the printed works collection of the Iowa Women's Archives.  The Flavor of Our Lives includes sections on her experiences in Iowa City in the 1940s, when her husband was helping to develop the atom smasher at the State University of Iowa, and on her experiences teaching and raising her family.



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Box 1


Biographical information, 1984, 1988, 1992 and undated

Awards, 1977


Permission for entry into China, 1986

Teaching contract, 1943


History, 1981

Travel displays, 1972-1991

Lane, Dr. Ruth (1919-1943), undated

Newspaper clippings, 1947-1999 and undated

Significant events in the life of a native Iowan, undated

Scrapbook, 1961-1995 and undated [oversize: shelved in box 3]



Correspondence, 1961-1984


Dot numbers, undated [shelved with the film collection: F2]

A mop handle tetrahedron, undated [shelved with the film collection: F3]

Mathematical aids

A Percentage Visualizer, ca. 1990 [oversize:  shelved in box 4]

Counting Experiences

Information, 1978-1979

Multi-media kit, 1978 [in box 2]

Discovery cubes

Cubes [in box 2]

Patents, 1982

I Can Count the Petals of a Flower

Information, undated

Photographs, 1980, 1987 and undated

Wahlgram, undated


Fun with Ven Diagrams, 1966

Original project for Dr. Ruth Lane, 1938

Pattern learning

Information, undated

Photographs, undated

Probability and statistics, 1959

Products using negative factors illustrated with cuisenaire rods

Information, 1978

Photographs, undated

Pursuit curves as an activity

Information, undated

Photographs, undated

Slide rule instruction, 1964

The wrapping function using zippers (cont.)

Information, 1980

Photographs, undated


Box 1 (cont.)

Professional (cont.)

Published articles

List of articles, undated

"The Altitude to the Hypotenuse of a Right Triangle." Connecticut Mathematics Journal. 4(2) May 1972: 7-12.

"Computer-enriched instruction for the elementary teacher." The Arithmetic Teacher. March 1969: 189-192.

"An easy-to-paste model of the rhombic dodecahedron." Mathematics Teacher. November 1978: 689-693.

"Easy-to-paste solids." The Arithmetic Teacher. October 1965: 145-148.

"How to tell time by the big dipper." The Communicator. Summer 1978: 38-39.

"Marshmallow math." Early Years. 1 April 1977: 32-34.


Photographs, 1978, 1981

"Marshmallows, Toothpicks, and Geodesic Domes." The Arithmetic Teacher. December 1977: 39-42.

"The orthotetrakaidekahedron--a cell model for biology classes." The Mathematics Teacher. March 1977: 244-247.

"A percentage visualizer." In Manipulative Activities and Games in the Mathematics Classroom, edited by Lee E. Vochko. National Education Association. 1979: 48-49.

"A permanent-soap-bubble geometry." The Arithmetic Teacher. 19(4) April 1972: 307-308.


Photographs, 1971

"Polygons with congruent edges." New England Mathematics Journal. X(1) January 1978: 3-9.

"Simpson's rule for volume and the hand held calculator," undated

"'We made it and it works!' the classroom construction of sundials." The Arithmetic Teacher. April 1970: 301-304.


Teaching, 1986 and undated



Box 2


Mathematical aids

Counting Experiences

Multi-media kit, 1978

Discovery cubes


Box 3



Scrapbook, 1961-1995 and undated


Box 4



A Percentage Visualizer, ca. 1990