IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
MARTHA STOESSEL WAHL (1916- )
PAPERS, 1938-1995 (bulk 1961-1985)
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.
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
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.
Box no. Description
Biographical information, 1984, 1988, 1992 and undated
Permission for entry into China, 1986
Teaching contract, 1943
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]
Dot numbers, undated [shelved with the film collection: F2]
A mop handle tetrahedron, undated [shelved with the film collection: F3]
A Percentage Visualizer, ca. 1990 [oversize: shelved in box 4]
Multi-media kit, 1978 [in box 2]
Cubes [in box 2]
I Can Count the Petals of a Flower
Photographs, 1980, 1987 and undated
Fun with Ven Diagrams, 1966
Original project for Dr. Ruth Lane, 1938
Probability and statistics, 1959
Products using negative factors illustrated with cuisenaire rods
Pursuit curves as an activity
Slide rule instruction, 1964
The wrapping function using zippers (cont.)
Box 1 (cont.)
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.
"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
Multi-media kit, 1978
Scrapbook, 1961-1995 and undated
A Percentage Visualizer, ca. 1990