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OFF AND HOLSTEEN FAMILY

PAPERS, 1864-1970
2.5 linear feet

 

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Off and Holsteen Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 


Collection Overview

 
Acquisition:
The papers (donor no. 734) were donated by Mary Palmberg in 2000.
 
 
Access:
The papers are open for research.
 
 
Copyright:
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
 
 
Photographs:
In Boxes 3 and 5.
 
  Processed by: Lisa Mott, 2004. [OffHolsteen.doc]  

Biography

Clarence R. Off grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated in law from the State University of Iowa (now known as the University of Iowa) in Iowa City. He was the county attorney in Iowa County for many years. He married Mary Ruby Frampton of Boone, Iowa; who always went by the name Ruby. Ruby Frampton had attended the State University of Iowa where she was an avid athlete. Clarence and Ruby Off raised their daughter, Harriet K. Frampton in North English, Iowa. She attended the State University of Iowa, where she was active in the Tri-Delta Sorority. Harriet earned a B.A. and then attended law school for a year, but did not finish. After graduating from the State University of Iowa, Harriet worked for a short time as secretary to Ivar Opstad, the superintendent of schools in Iowa City. She served as secretary in 1939 when the new high school, Iowa City High, was being built. During college Harriet Off met Frederick “Fritz” Mohland Holsteen. The couple was married in 1940 at the First Congregational Church in Iowa City. They had a daughter who became Mary Holsteen Palmberg.

Fritz Holsteen was born in Burlington, Iowa to Frederick S. and Leonore Holsteen. Frederick S. Holsteen was a practicing attorney, having graduated in law from the State University of Iowa in 1937. After serving in the cavalry in World War II, Fritz Holsteen went into law practice with his father in Burlington. Following his father’s death, Fritz Holsteen continued practicing law until his death in 1977, serving as Burlington city attorney during part of that time. Married life for Harriet Off Holsteen included active membership in the Burlington Alumnae Chapter of the Tri-Delta Sorority.


Scope and Content Note

The Off and Holsteen Family papers date from 1864 to 1970 and measure 2.5 linear feet. The papers are arranged in three series: Family, Tri-Delta Sorority and Photographs. The Family series provides a glimpse into two generations of the Off and Holsteen families depicting their lives through journals, date books and account books and presenting views into university life at the State University of Iowa. The Family series is arranged alphabetically rather than chronologically. It includes the report cards of Dewitt and Mary Ruby Frampton from Boone County grade school through high school, 1895-1906. Mary Ruby Frampton’s papers also include athletic booklets from the State University of Iowa that include rules for women’s basketball in 1908, field hockey for men and women in 1903 and class demonstrations in physical training for women, 1912.

Frederick “Fritz” Holsteen’s papers include account books he maintained from 1933-1936 while attending the State University of Iowa. His papers also include copies of the University of Iowa News Bulletin, both his B.A. and law school diplomas, his admission to the Iowa State Bar and a receipt for financial assistance he received from Mrs. Charles Mohland. Holsteen’s correspondence includes letters he wrote to his parents and grandparents while attending the university. There is also a 1958 letter to then attorney Holsteen beseeching him to encourage his clients to donate their papers to the Iowa Historical Documents section of the State University of Iowa Library.

Harry E. Martin’s papers consist of financial documents including federal income tax returns for 1920-1924 and 1936-1937 and some correspondence with the internal revenue service. There is also an itemized receipt for his mother’s funeral expenses. Irene Martin’s papers consist of account books, a date book and a journal that span the years 1921-1969. The entries to the date book and journal are not always written in sequence, nor are they all dated, however the account books are a meticulous record of the family’s expenditures from 1921-1936. Harry E. Martin died unexpectedly from a stroke in 1938 at age 48. Irene Martin’s journal and date book are a record of a widow making ends meet. They include a record of the boarders she took in, household repairs and expenses, and various illnesses, celebrations and events.

Charles E. Mohland’s papers consist of a 1925 letter regarding the 1877 graduating class of the State University of Iowa College of Law and a roster of said class. Clarence R. Off’s papers include a science notebook full of notes and diagrams, along with a life insurance policy he took out in 1912 while attending college. Harriet K. Off’s papers include a single letter written by “Fritz” Holsteen two years before their marriage. Also included in her papers is a date book for a club that she and her brother, Robert, belonged to. Harriet K. Off’s papers include several notebooks she made for school and church, including a home economics notebook containing recipes and examples of various stitches. There is also a scrapbook that Harriet K. Off put together from 1933-1937 depicting her life at the State University of Iowa and her involvement in the Tri- Delta Sorority.

Also contained in the Family series are several documents whose exact ownership cannot be determined. These are located in a sub-series titled General. There are several deeds and abstracts spanning nearly a hundred years from 1864 to 1953. There is an account book for the General Investment Company titled Edgewater Beach Volume III, which records the development and ownership of this property from 1939-1956. There is a journal and account book that mentions Irene Martin several times, particularly in conjunction with attending movies. The author also provides a critique of several of the movies attended. Also contained in the General sub-series is a catalog from the 1925 sixtieth anniversary of the State University of Iowa College of Law and the 1957 Rosebowl program, in which Iowa played.

The Tri-Delta Sorority series is divided into two sub-series: Collegiate and Burlington Alumnae Chapter, although much of the correspondence in the Burlington Alumnae Chapter sub-series pertains to the collegiate end of the sorority. The Collegiate sub-series contains brochures, by-laws, ceremonies, directories, a pledge exam, a songbook and copies of two newsletters: Star Points, 1968-1969 and Trident, 1966-1969. There is also a Trident scrapbook that spans the years 1908 thru 1936. The Burlington Alumnae Chapter consists of annual reports, by-laws, chapter calendars, chapter manuals, and rosters. The 1956 Charter for the group is also in the collection, along with presidents’ notebooks spanning the years 1956 thru 1970. These notebooks contain notes and newspaper clippings regarding the chapter’s activities. The Burlington Alumnae Chapter sub-series also contains correspondence. Of particular interest is a 1968 plea from a Tennessee Tri-Delta Sorority asking how to meet both the new university guidelines regarding non-discrimination and national Tri-Delta regulations. This letter is followed by several attempts to defend the sorority’s membership guidelines and a call to place the topic on the agenda of the national convention.

The Photographs series includes several family photographs; among them a portrait of Katherine Off taken in 1902, two photographs of Harriet Off Holsteen and her mother Ruby Frampton Off taken in front of the Kappa Delta House in 1942 and 1945, and several of Harriet Off during her college days and active membership in the Tri-Delta Sorority. A photograph of the 1937 graduating class of the College of Law lists the last name Off as one of the members. There is also an undated photograph taken in front of the sorority and a 1960 photograph taken of members of the Burlington Alumnae Chapter.


 

Box List

Box 1                          
  FAMILY                
    Frampton, Dewitt          
      Report cards, 1903-1906        
    Frampton, Mary Ruby          
      Diplomas, 1901, 1906 and 1914 [oversized, see map case]
Geology chart, undated
Report cards, 1895, 1901 and 1903-1906
State University of Iowa
     
        Athletic booklets, 1901, 1908 and 1912
Commencement program and Senior Songs, 1914
Whitby constitution and by-laws, undated
     
    Holsteen, Frederick “Fritz” Mohland      
      Correspondence, 1946, 1958 and undated
Des Moines County Plat Book, 1946 and undated
State University of Iowa
     
        Account books, 1933-1936
Admission to Iowa State Bar, 1937 [oversized, see map case]
Bulletin, 1934-1937 [scattered]
College of law, 1935-1937
Diploma, 1935
Law school diploma, 1937 [oversized, see map case]
Law class of 1937 photograph, 1937 [oversized, see map case]
   
    Martin, Harry E.                  
      Financial papers, 1920-1937        
    Martin, Irene                  
      Account books, 1921-1936
Date book, 1948-1969
Journal, 1938-1941
       
                           
Box 2                          
    Mohland, Charles E.                  
      Letter, 1925        
    Off, Clarence R.                  
      Admission to Iowa State Bar, 1912 [oversized, see map case]
Personal papers, 1912 and 1937
Science notebook, undated
     
    Off, Harriet K.                  
      Correspondence, 1938
Date book, 1927
Education
       
        Arithmetic workbook (seventh grade), undated
Home economics notebook (fifth grade), undated
North English High School diploma, 1933
School notebook, undated
University of Iowa diploma and certificates, 1935, 1937 and 1938
   
      Engraving plates for wedding invitation, 1940
Methodist Church notebooks, undated
   
                           
Box 3                          
      Scrapbook, 1933-1937        
  Off, Robert                  
    Receipt, 1906                  
  General                  
    Deeds and abstracts, 1864-1877 and 1938-1953
Edgewater Beach Volume III account book (General Investment Co.), 1939-
956
Journal and account book, 1918-1925
Pamphlets, 1921 and undated
Sixtieth anniversary of SUI College of Law, 1925
University of Iowa football programs, 1957, 1961 and 1967
   
                           
Box 4                          
  TRI-DELTA SORORITY              
    Collegiate        
      Brochures, undated
By-laws, 1956-1968
Ceremonies, 1955 and 1963
Cookbook, 1969 and undated
Delta Century Fund, 1966
Directories, 1962 and undated
Facts about the sorority, 1960, 1963-1964 and undated
Photographs, undated [see PHOTOGRAPHS series]
Pledge exam and booklet, 1956 and 1959
Songbook, 1952
Star Points, 1968-1969
Trident, 1966-1969
Trident scrapbook, 1908-1936
           
                           
Box 5                          
    Burlington Alumnae Chapter                
      Activities, 1959, 1970 and undated
Annual reports, 1957-1969
Blank forms, undated
By-laws, 1961, 1966-1969 and undated
Chapter calendars, 1964-1969
Chapter manual, 1958 and 1961
Charter, 1956
Circle Degree Ritual, undated
Correspondence, 1956, 1964-1970 [2 folders]
Photographs, undated [see PHOTOGRAPHS series]
Presidents’ notebooks, 1956-1970 [4 folders]
Rosters, 1964, 1967 and undated
           
                           
  PHOTOGRAPHS                  
    Family, 1902, 1942 and 1945
General, 1937 and undated
Harriet Off, State University of Iowa, 1937-1938
Off at law school, undated
Tri-Delta Sorority, 1960 and undated
           
                           

 


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