Ivy Fuller Olds Collection

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DONOR:

Mary Harmon Horstick; 1994

SIZE:

41 cubic feet

SCOPE & CONTENT:

WWI Nursing scrapbook featuring Walter Reed General Hospital

Correspondence of Ivy Fuller Olds; genealogy and photos of generations of Sweet/Fuller family

Related collections may also be found in the Kansas State University Archive

BIOGRAPHY:

Ivy Fuller Olds was born on September 16, 1894, in Missouri and died in 1990 in Manhattan, Kansas. She was a founding member of the Tri-Delta sorority chapter at the Kansas State Agricultural College and served on the national level in Indianapolis, Indiana and Manhattan, Kansas. She obtained a degree in home economics at Kansas State and attended the school of physical education at Harvard University.

Ivy won multiple movie queen contests and played in more than 20 different silent movies, including “Skinner’s Baby” with Bryant Washburn. When World War I began, she volunteered for nurses training and served in New York City and as a physical therapist at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. After the war, she helped found the Washington Theatre Productions Company, taught in a high school home economics department, and married Lt. Col. Garrett W. Olds. She also joined the American Legion and served as the first woman delegate to the Legion’s state and national conventions.

Her cousin’s daughter, Mary Harmon Horstick, generously donated the Ivy Olds collection of correspondence and photos to IHSF.

 

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