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Accession number A2003.014
Collection Terry Strother
Title The Terry Strother Collection
Catalog Number A2003.014
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span 2.5 linear inches.
Dates of Creation 1871-2003
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Terry Strothers Collection papers date from 1871 to 2003 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in 1 series: Terry Strother personal collection.
The Terry Strother Collection ( 1871 - 2003, undated) series reflects his interest as a collector of African American historical items. It contains some personal information including a retirement statement, recital programs, and correspondence. In addition, are a 1961 Burlington NAACP Youth Charter, newspaper clipping, and some information on African Americans in Burlington including a 1925 photo of a lodge function, a 1946 basketball photo, and an 1946 item on Cecil Rideout. A sub-series is White (1871 - 2002) and contains items that Terry purchased at the estate sale of Gladys and DeEdwin White, Burlington African American activist including photos, awards, correspondence, programs, and newspaper clippings. Some of these items are copies or scans as the originals were returned to Terry.
Biographical History Terry Strother was born September 11, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri the 9th of 11 children born Henry Leonard Strother and Fanny Zell Josephine Switzer Strother. His father was a trash hauler and worked for Sterling Bearing Company. His father died when Terry was 15. Terry attended public school in Kansas City. In the fall of 1959, he enrolled at the University of Missouri, becoming the first of his siblings to attend college. He dropped out after one year to earn money to attend school. In the fall of 1961, he enrolled in Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. He was active in student activities and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology with minors in Psychology and Biology. In 1966, he received his Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo. He began working as a Speech Pathologist in Burlington, Iowa in 1966 originally intending to stay 2 years. He stayed 34 years, eventually transferring to work for Great River Area Education Agency. Terry has done post-graduate work at the University of Iowa, Western Illinois University, Utah State University, Eastern Washington University, Marycrest University, and Central Missouri State University. He was active in The Iowa and American Speech Language Hearing Associations and the Iowa and National Education Associations. He was an Outstanding Educator in America in 1978 and 1982 by the Academy of American Educators. Terry retired in 1998. He was given an award by the Burlington NAACP in recognition of his school and community contributions in 1998. Terry is an avid collector, particularly of African American history items.

Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________
Box 1
Terry Strother, Collection
Retirement Statement, 1998
Recital Programs
Correspondences, 2003
Henry Strother
Letters of Recommendation, 1933, 1937 and undated
Newspaper Clippings
Cecil Rideout - including funeral program of Geraldine Brown
Omar Temple Homecoming, 1925
Basketball, 1946
Award, 1966
Newspaper Clippings
Masons and Downs Orpheus Jubilee Singers
Correspondences, 1969
Photograph from Scrap Book
OS collection
poster, Negro American League Baseball, Kansas City Monarchs vs Harlem Stars, Victory Field Indianapolis, Friday August 31, 8pm (Litho, colorcraft poster co., Okla. City)
Subjects Civil rights
School boards
Speech therapy
Funeral rites & ceremonies
Search Terms Burlington
Burlington - Union Baptist
Union Baptist Church
Speech therapies
School boards
Baptist churches
Churches - Burlington
Churches - Union Baptist, Burlington
Civil Rights
People Strother, Terry
Strother, Henry Leonard
Strother, Fanny Zell Josephine Switzer
White, Gladys
White, DeEdwin
Rideout, Cecil
Estes, Johnny Jr.
McCune, Arthur
Greenly, Archie
Carr, Harold
Graves, Morton
Demingus, Marshall
Hawkins, Eddie
Edmonds, Arthur
Green, Bill
Carter, Lawrence
Carter, Walter
Massey, Frank
White, Bob
Williams, Freddie
Nevins, Claudia
Chandler, Saidee
Dade, Janette
Browne, Io Maude
Downs, Robert H.
Bronson, Theos. A.
Downs, Charles, H.
Payne, Arthur H.
Mason, William Hu
Fletcher, Cecil F.
Brown, Geraldine O.
Pleasant, Floyd
Williams, Ed
Rideout, John
Harris, Dr. Percy
Classification Education
Domestic Life
Civil Rights
Organizations & Clubs
Creator Terry Strother