Welcome to the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association Website





Ruth Suckow was a famous writer with Iowa roots; this website was created by the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association (RSMA) to celebrate her literary legacy, and to help readers find more information about her life and work--as well as several sample stories. 
The pictures above are of Ruth as a young woman, in mid life, and with her husband, Ferner Nuhn.  Several years after her death, Ferner helped to establish the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association to make sure that new generations of readers would be able to read her short stories and books. 

Suckow Stories Now On Iowa Digital Heritage!

RSMA President Barbara Lounsberry has worked hard this past year to get Suckow's stories places on the Iowa Digital Heritage website.

The first set of stories is about Iowa women's lives. There are now ten stories in all!  Follow the link below to go to the website.

Then click on "People and Biographies."  The Ruth Suckow Short Story Collection is on page 7--if you want to take a look or to direct others to these stories.  Once you see the story, scroll down and you can read the description and other information.  If you then click on the red box, by the page at the top, the story will come up and there is is "pop up" button in the right hand corner.  If you click on that, it makes the story even bigger and easier to read or to print out.

Updates from the University of Iowa's Special Collections

Go to our RSMA News link to see some new Suckow materials posted by the Special Collections, including an excerpt from Ruth's unfinished novel (and an introduction by Ferner).

Blog Posting by Jim Schaap


Read Dr. James Schaap's recent post about Hawarden and Ruth Suckow's birthplace.

Ferner's sketches
To see the wonderful sketches of artists and writers, click here.

Annual Meeting at the Cedar Falls Public Library -- Saturday, June 13, 2015

This year's Annual Meeting took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. We met at 10 am at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  We discussed Rev. William Suckow's autobiography, which was self-published: he was Ruth's father, a writer himself. We had a small group, but a lively discussion.

RSMA members received a copy of the manuscript in a set of scans last Fall. The University of Iowa Special Collections generously made us a photocopy of this 200-page work, written in the 1930s. 

You will notice Ruth's handwriting on one page--adding to what her father wrote related to the "John Wood" story--so Ruth likely read, edited, or even typed this copy. 


Ferner Nuhn is on Wikipedia!  And now, we have posted pictures of some of his artwork: Figures of the 30s.
Please check out the page on Ferner (Resources on Ferner Nuhn) as well as Mentions to discover what other websites are saying about Suckow & RSMA (Links to Posts on Blogs), Writing about Suckow (for another chance to read Marsha's poem on Suckow), and RSMA News (for updates about projects and events).  Find a reference to Suckow, a new photo, or have information about one of Ruth or Ferner's relatives? Please contact Cherie, webmaster, at cheriedargan@gmail.com.

We have also replicated that entry on our site--on the page about Ferner.
In addition, this website may look the same, but we were approved for Google Apps for Non-Profits, which gives us a larger web-space.

Ferner's Art is now here! Check out his sketches of fellow participants at some of the Writer's Workshops he and Ruth attended at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, retreats established to give writers and artists a place to spend time creating their work. He called this collection of paintings "Figures of the 30s."


The blog is another source of information about our organization and includes the opportunity for you to comment on postings. Note: I am going to leave the Blog up but am no longer updating it and using those efforts on Facebook!

Some people find us through the Wikipedia article on Ruth Suckow; however, if you haven't seen it yet, here it is. 
We are still working on the entry for Ferner Nuhn; just when I thought it was nearly done, we discovered more information, which is a good thing!

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 Last updated August 14, 2015

Cherie Dargan, Webmaster
Original website created and maintained by Michael Dargan 
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