Fred W. Cover spent his life in the rural schools of Iowa - as student, then teacher, and, finally, administrator. He attended the Keokuk County Normal Institute, graduating in 1901. Mr. Cover taught in or served as principal of schools in Keokuk, Butler, Iowa, Mahaska, Black Hawk, and Benton Counties.
The Fred W. Cover Papers document the professional life of an Iowa rural school teacher from 1898 through 1946. The Papers include photographs, essays written by Cover as a student as well as class notes, Cover's student records, course lists, and grades, contracts, certificates, newspaper clippings, and commencement programs from ceremonies Cover was associated with - either formally or through former students.