Elizabeth C. Harnack Diary, 1907-1908

Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth C. Harnack Diary, 1907-1908

Record Series: MsC-29

Record Group:


Creator: Elizabeth Harnack

Date: 1907-1908

Extent: 1 box (0.209 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: "Elizabeth C. Harnack. Diary, 1907-1908," in the University of Northern Iowa manuscript collection, MsC-29, folder A, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

Ms. Harnack was born in Remsen, Iowa, on September 6, 1888.  She went on to earn a BA from Iowa State Teachers College and a Masters from Wayne College in Nebraska.  She taught school in Roland, Iowa, as well as other communities in the state, but most of her time as an educator was spent in Detroit, Michigan. She retired in 1964 and returned to Remsen.

She was a member of the national retired teachers association and Remsen Library Board of Directors, and an associate member of the Remsen Women's Club.

Ms. Harnack died in Remsen on October 22, 1964.

Scope and Content

This box contains the diary of Elizabeth C. Harnack, who was a student at Iowa State Normal School for the 1907-1908 academic year. This diary gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of a college student just after the turn of the 20th century.


Folder A:

  • Diary
  • Correspondence between Ms. Harnack's nephew Curtis Harnack and then UNI Archivist Gerald Peterson regarding Special Collections' acquisition of the diary.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, February 2017; last updated, September 28, 2017 (dh). Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.