MS 224 - Imogene Elwer Papers
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The records of the Imogene Elwer Papers were donated to the center for Archival Collections through the cooperation of Imogene Elwer on May, 23, 1982. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection and the duplication is permitted for research purposes. This collection was arranged and described by Devon Proudfoot in August 2013.
Imogene (Reindel) Elwer was born on February 29, 1929 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She lived with her parents, Alfred and Florence, and her three siblings; Bernard, Avian, and Virginia. She eventually married Leonard Elwer and settled down in Fort Jennings, Ohio where she joined the Putnam County 4-H club. Her husband, Leonard, passed away on November 10, 1989 while Imogene passed away on November 11, 1998.
A large part of Imogene Elwer’s life was her dedication to the 4-H club. The 4-H club is a youth organization with the mission of “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”. The organization was created in Clark County, Ohio in 1902 by Albert Belmont Graham and was soon adopted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture. The program teaches kids about issues like food security and global warming and gives them activities to do outside of school in areas anywhere from agriculture to animal science. Now the program reaches over 6.5 million kids in the United States ages 5 to 21. There are 90,000 clubs across 80 different countries.
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The Imogene Elwer Papers collection primarily consists of news clippings, programs, and photographic materials.
The collection contains a large amount of printed programs that hold information on the 4-H club. The first of these is the 4-H Advisors Program book from the years 1964 to 1973. They have information on how the club and events should be run. It also contains space for taking notes, something that Elwer did quite frequently in these books. There are also the programs for the 25th and 30th annual 4-H Advisors Recognition Luncheon. The programs list the advisors that had been a part of their local club for at least five years. All of the programs in the collection are arranged chronologically.
A number of photographic prints are found in the collection, coming directly out of Elwer’s personal scrapbook. These images display Elwer’s family and friends, including the places where she grew up. Written on the pictures are the dates that they were taken along with a brief description of the person or place of interest. The dates of these pictures range from 1947 to 1950, and are arranged chronologically.