Thelma M. Clevenger (1903-1998) was born in Champaign, Illinois to Alice Hickle (1872-1964) and George Gardener Clevenger (1874-1959). After graduating from Deshler High School (Ohio) in 1920, she married Albert J. Papoi (1908-1943) in 1934. She had one known son, Richard Papoi (1935-2002), and worked as a teacher.
The Thelma Clevenger school friendship book contains one map of Freedom (Ohio), approximately 225 photographs of friends, family, and students, and 38 pieces of ephemera from Ohio from 1920 to 1925. The book begins with class and school information followed by notes from friends and calling cards of classmates.
Much of the book contains photographs of students, friends, family, vacationing, pets, swimming, fellow teachers, and portraits. Many photographs include handwritten notation stating names, dates, and location. The last portion of the book includes newspaper clippings of a wedding announcement and the death of President Warren G. Harding, multiple programs and tickets for events and performances, a letter of appreciation from the parents of a student, and two drawings of "Virgil Fritsch."
The book is 15.5 x 22.75 cm with blue cloth covers. "School Friendship Book" is stamped on the front cover in gold.