Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Lucinda Barnhart, 2004
Irene Adair is the great-granddaughter of Semira Ann Hobbs Phillips. Adair, from Des Moines, Iowa, was an avid genealogist interested in tracing the roots of her family. Adair thought highly of Philips and her achievements and is the author of the biographical sketch of Philips.
Semira Ann Hobbs Phillips was born on May 19, 1826, near Greenfield, Indiana. Phillips moved to Iowa in 1843 and married Thomas Correll Phillips in 1846. Phillips career training was a teacher. She was chosen to teach at the first school in Mahaska County, Iowa in the fall of 1845. She taught reading, spelling, writing, geography, arithmetic, and English grammar. Philips had a long career as a teacher and eventually received many awards and honors for her great teaching ability. Philips died on February 27, 1912 and is buried in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection contains a biographical sketch of Semira Ann Hobbs Phillips. The sketch details Phillips’ life from birth, marriage, career, and death. Philips’ great-granddaughter compiled the sketch.
Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.
1977 February 6. Biographical sketch of Semira Ann Hobbs Phillips.
Size of Collection: 1 Folder
Collection Dates: 1977 February 6
Provenance: Irene Adair, Des Moines, Iowa, 1977
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: None