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This collection (1880-2011, undated) contains materials related to Schwieder's many years in academia. Starting with her own personal coursework from her Ph.D. studies at the University of Iowa, the collection traces her academic career, including presentations, publications, and research done on a variety of topics. Schwieder's work includes research on the Iowa State Cooperative Extension Service, Amish and other communitarian societies in Iowa, the town of Presho, South Dakota, women and work, coal mining in Iowa, and a large scale research project completed with her husband, Elmer Schwieder, and Joe Hraba on the African-American coal mining community of Buxton, Iowa.
Also included are course notes and outlines for the many classes Schwieder taught at Iowa State University. Schwieder taught both undergraduate and graduate classes and developed several courses, including History of Iowa and graduate seminars in American Rural Life and Rural Women. Numerous files contain notes, exams, syllabi, and news clippings of topics for her classes.
The collection also contains media materials related to two oral history projects. The first is the history of the Iowa State Cooperative Extension Service, which provided material for her book, Seventy-five Years of Service: Cooperative Extension in Iowa (1992). The second oral history project was done for the documentary film, The Last Pony Mine.