The Gerdes-Whitmore Families collection contains two series: 1) Memoirs; and 2) Correspondence.
The original Memoirs and letters are not in the NSHS collections; only photocopies are available.
Series 1 consists of two Subseries: Florence's memoirs (Subseries 1), written intermittently during the 1980s; and the reminiscences (Subseries 2) of her grandmother, Elizabeth Catherine Gilbert Whitmore (Mrs. Joseph Knisely Whitmore).
Florence describes her childhood on the prairie and an education that required her to board with family members living near schools. She provides details about her teaching career in rural and later town schools and the challenges of raising her children after t