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Aletha Hutchison (Jacobs) Collection

Identifier: RSC-HEC-002

Scope and Contents

The Aletha Hutchison (Jacobs) Collection is composed of materials documenting Hutchison's experiences both as a student and as a teacher in the rural school systems of Iowa and Pennsylvania.  The collection includes official school records and Hutchison's personal papers providing insight into many facets of rural school life from 1898-1960.


  • Created: 1898-1960
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1902-1950

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in Buchanan County on July 5, 1884, Aletha Hutchison (Jacobs) attended Homer Township, #3 Mitchell before passing the standard Teachers’ Examination in 1902. After obtaining her teachers certificate, Hutchison (Jacobs) embarked on her teaching career, which would span 58 years, 6 Iowa counties, and 2 states. In the state of Iowa, she taught in Benton County (1900-1902), Buchanan County (1902-1907), Black Hawk County (1912-1916), Grundy County (1916-1920), Wright County (1920-1921), and Webster County (1922). Records indicate that by 1922, she had married Elmer W. Hutchison. This event may have been the reason she left Iowa for Pennsylvania in 1922. The Pennsylvania state school system received 38 years of service from Hutchison (Jacobs) until her retirement in 1960. During her time in Pennsylvania, Hutchison (Jacobs) taught in the following schools: Hummelstown High School in Dauphin County (1922-1924) and Reamstown School in East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County (1926-1960). Despite her death in March 1974, the presence of Hutchison (Jacobs) can still be felt on the educational systems of Iowa and Pennsylvania.


9.00 boxes

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Related Materials

RSC/RSR/006 Benton County Rural School Records, 1877-1973. See [url=]RSC/RSR/007 Black Hawk County Rural School Records, 1858-1970[/url]. See [url=]RSC/RSR/010 Buchanan County Rural School Records, 1922-1974[/url]. See [url=]RSC/RSR/038 Grundy County Rural School Records, 1886-1876[/url]. See [url=]RSC/RSR/094 Webster County Rural School Records, 1859-1975[/url]. See [url=]RSC/RSR/099 Wright County Rural School Records, 1880-1968[/url].

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Repository Details

Part of the UNI Museum Collections Repository

1227 W 27th Street
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls IA 50614 US