Oral History Collection

The University of Northen Iowa's Museums conducted and gathered oral histories of citizens who were involved with Iowa's rural school system. These recordings, which include the remembrances of pupils, teachers, and administrators, further develop the unique story of the country school in Iowa. The interviews are now part of the Center's collections, and transcripts of many of them are available in the reading room. We hope to continue to gather more oral histories and make them available here.

- Marlene Baumhover: Student, Carroll County, Sheridan Township #7 - Buck Run School from 1946-1948 and Scranton Consolidated to grade six
- Mildred Buhr: Bremer County, Dayton Township #5
- Roger Butz: Student, Winneshiek County, Lincoln Township - 1946-1950; Orleans Township - March-June 1950
- Arlene Carney: Teacher, Floyd County, Ulster Township
- Martha (Halder) Carter: Student, Pocahontas County, Marshall Township #5 - Marshall Center School, 1917 (Parents were the school's caretakers.)
- Helen Edmonds: Student, Pocahontas County, Marshall Township #5 - Marshall Center School, 1919-1927
- John Focht: Student, Montgomery County, Douglas Township #8 - 1937-1944
- Carolyn Gill: Teacher, Buchanan County, Perry Township #9 - Pine Grove School, 1967-1970; Fairbank Township #7 Prairie Grove School, 1971-1996
- Jean Hall: Student, Page County - Olive Branch School (South of Clarinda, Iowa), 1936-1945; Teacher, Page County - (North of Clarinda, Iowa, near Highway 71)
- Richard Hansen: Teacher and High School Principal, Rhodes, Iowa - prior to 1957; High School Principal, Cal. Community School - prior to 1957; Superintendent, Bristow, Iowa - prior to 1957; Chickasaw County, Special Education Director - 1957; Chickasaw and Fayette Counties, Special Education Director - 1958-1964; Chickasaw and Fayette Counties, County Superintendent - 1964-1975
- Marjorie Kilburn: Teacher, Jasper County, Kellogg Township #5 - Amboy School, 1940-1943
- Evelyn Kittleby: Teacher, Winnesheik County, Military Township - 1925-1926
- Helen Marine: Teacher, Iowa County, Greene Township #4 - Tucker School, 1941; Washington County, Lime Creek Township #16 - Daytonville School, 1943-1949; Iowa County, Greene Township #4 - Tucker School, 1950-1951; Greene Township #9 - Green Valley School, 1951-1952; Washington County, Lime Creek Township #16 - Daytonville School, 1955-1956; Iowa County, Greene Township #6 - Mid Prairie School, 1958-1961
- Elsie McHugh: Teacher, Cerro Gordo County - 1935
- Martha Nation: Teacher, Black Hawk County, Eagle Township #3 - Pleasant Valley School, 1931
- Ellen Opsal: Student, Audubon County, Leroy Township #2 - 1935-1945
- Zatha Renner: Teacher, Black Hawk County, Washington Township #2 - 1921-1922
- Helen Rose: Teacher, Louisa County, Elliott Township - Carl School, 1919-1920
- Martha Hightshoe Schemmel: Teacher, Iowa County, Greene Township #9 - Green Valley School, 1946
- Lorraine Turnipseed: Teacher, Johnson County, Scott Township #7 - Franklin School; Clear Creek Township #3 - Oakhill School; West Lucas Township; Liberty Township
- Dorothy Winslow: Teacher, Grundy County, Palermo Township #6 - 1931-1936
- Luverne (Newell) Woodin: Student, Pocahontas County, Marshall Township #5 - Marshall Center School