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Loula (Howell) Thomas Papers

Identifier: FMS-116

Scope and Contents

The Loula (Howell) Thomas Papers consist of genealogical information and diaries of Loula (Howell) Thomas (1891-1972), a Quaker farmwife in Grant County, Indiana. Most of this collection consists of Loula Thomas's diaries from 1933 until two days before her death in 1972. They reflect life in a small midwestern town: work, church, visiting, and the births, marriages, and deaths of neighbors and family. Loula Thomas was also interested in genealogy, and not only kept careful track of events in the lives of relatives but also copied information from several family Bibles.


  • 1933-1972
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2000

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Loula Roberta Howell was born in Grant County, Indiana, January 23, 1891, the sixth of eleven children of Edward Harden and Louisa Ellen (Conger) Howell. She was married Nov. 16, 1911, in Grant County to Winford Thomas, son of Byron and Esther (Overman) Thomas. He was born at Amboy, Indiana, January 3, 1890. After their marriage, they lived first in Kokomo, Indiana, then in Tennessee, then on a farm near Fairmount, Indiana. They had one son, Roger. Winford Thomas died there October 28, 1957. Loula Thomas died in Fairmount, May 15, 1972.

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1.00 Boxes

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Method of Acquisition

Bequest, Margaret (Woollen) Thomas, Loula Thomas's daughter-in-law.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals or additions are expected.

Related Materials

See FMS 131.

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Thomas Hamm
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository