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Alphabetical List of Collections: B

BACKES, LENORA

Diaries, 1944-1946.  1 linear inch.

Diaries of an Iowa farm woman.

BACON, EVELYN CRARY (1916-1997)

Papers, 1917-2000. 2.3 linear feet.

Teacher, decorated veteran nurse and pioneer in the field of nursing education, Bacon served as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and participated in the invasion of Normandy.

BAMFORD, HELEN (1902-1994)

Papers, 1913-1994. 1.1 linear feet.

Professional photographer from Muscatine.

BARCELÓ, RUSTY (1946- )

Papers, 1946-2002. 5 linear feet.

Activist and administrator at the University of Iowa whose papers provide insight into Latino life and culture in Iowa and across the Midwest.

BARTLETT, WES

Memoir, 1994, 28 pages.

“A Collection of Memories of the Algona Prisoner of War Camp, 1943-1946,” compiled by Wes Bartlett.

BEATTY, CARRIE KELLY (1853-1925)

Papers, 1874-1999. 3 linear inches.

Young woman who came to Hancock County, Iowa in 1868; her experiences were recorded in the book, “A Prairie Rose,” by Bertha E. Bush.

BECKER, RUTH SALZMANN (1922-2007)

Papers, 1858-2007 (bulk 1900-1997). 4.75 linear feet.

Nurse and community activist in Iowa City who, as a young Jewish woman, fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to the United States.

BECKER, VIRGINIA (1918- )

Papers, 1976-1993. 1 linear foot.

Scrapbooks of Bremer County, Iowa, Farm Bureau woman.

BENSON, MILDRED AUGUSTINE WIRT (1905-2002)

Papers, 1915-2002. 1 linear foot.

Journalist for the Toledo Blade and writer of the first Nancy Drew mysteries and other children’s series books.

BENTON COUNTY FEDERATED WOMEN’S CLUBS (IOWA)

Records, 1949-1961.  2.5 linear inches.

Several study clubs in this eastern Iowa county.

BERAN, JANICE A. (1931- )

Papers, 1975-1998. 2 linear feet.

Professor in the College of Education at Iowa State University until her retirement in 1994. Materials relate to the history of sports and particularly the participation of women and African-Americans in Iowa sports.

BERG, MARY (1950-2004)

Papers, 1911-2004. 4.75 linear feet and artifacts.

Pharmacist and professor at The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

BERGMANN LEOLA (1912-2011)

Papers, 1935-2006. 3.3 linear feet.

Scholar, writer and artist.

BERRY, DORA MARTIN (1937- )

Papers and oral history, 1956-1997.  0.5 linear inches.

The first African American Miss SUI at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1955.  Berry pursued a career as a social worker.

BERRY, JEAN (1938- )

Papers, 1988-2004. 5 linear inches.

Des Moines-based artist.

BERRY, VENISE T. (1956- )

Papers, 1990-1998. 5 linear inches.

Novelist and assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa.

BERRY, VERN (1906- )

Papers, 1980-1998. 1 linear inch.

Newspaper columnist who co-authored a book entitled, “Roots and Recipes: Six Generations of Heartland Cookery.”

BEST EVER CLUB (PERCIVAL, IOWA)

Records, 1929-1994. 10 linear inches.

A women’s study club in Percival, Iowa that was founded in 1922.

BIRKBY COLLECTION OF RADIO HOMEMAKER MATERIALS

Records, 1924-2001. 4 linear feet.

Cookbooks, newsletters, and other publications of the Radio Homemakers who broadcast over KMA and KFNF in southwest Iowa.

BISHOP, NELLIE (1904- )

Oral history and associated papers, 1996-1998.

Buchanan County, Iowa, native who farmed with her husband.

BJURSTROM RURAL MUSIC COLLECTION

Transferred to Iowa State University, Parks Library, Special Collections Department.

BLACK HAWK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION

Records, 1956-1977. 1.5 linear inches.

BLACK HAWK COUNTY WOMEN’S POLITICAL CAUCUS

Records, 1973-1980. 5 linear inches.

BLAKE, DEBRA J.

Papers, 1979-1988. 6 linear inches and audiovisual material.

Journalist who edited the University of Northern Iowa newspaper the Northern Iowan, and worked for professional radio and television stations.

BLAKE, GERMAINE MAYER

Papers, 1948-1997 [bulk 1975-1997], 1.7 linear feet.

Elementary school teacher who taught for thirty-three years at the Catholic Visitation High School in Stacyville, Iowa.

BLOCK, MARJORIE JEAN (1923-2007)

Memoir, 1990s. 1 linear inch.

My Story describes Block’s training as a nurse, family life, her employment off and on the farm, and her activities in Benton County, Iowa.

BLOM, NANCY (1907-1993)

Papers, 1984-1986. 1 linear inch.

My Story, by Nancy Blom, is a biography of a Danish immigrant describing childhood in Denmark and farm town life in Western Iowa.

BLOOMER, AMELIA (1818-1894)

Letters, 1837-1888.  0.5 linear inches.

A photocopy of the transcribed Amelia Bloomer Letters from the Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

BLUM, SISTER JOYCE (1936- )

Papers, 1994-2008.  2 linear inches.

Member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who worked as a chaplain in the Arizona State Prison and assisted migrant workers on the Mexican border.

BLUNDALL, JOAN (1945- )

Papers, 1986-1998. 3 linear inches.

Social worker who developed support services for rural families during the 1980s farm crisis in Iowa.

BOCK, LENA BELLE (1904-2007)

Scrapbooks, 1960-1981. 5 linear inches (3 volumes).

Member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1960 to 1964.

BOEDEKER, MARGARET TALCOTT (1919-2000)

Papers, 1937-1998. 4 linear inches.

Teacher with Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1941-1963;vocational counselor; and tourism advocate.

BOLDEN, LOUISE (1922- )

Papers and oral history, 1940s-1997. 1 linear inch.

A native of Centerville, Iowa, who was employed as a cook, domestic worker, and day-care provider in Iowa City.

BOLIN, MOLLY (1957- )

Papers, 1972-1997. 4 linear inches.

Professional basketball player from Moravia, Iowa who played for Iowa Cornets from 1978 to 1981 and for San Francisco and Columbus Ohio teams until 1984.

BOLLER, BETTY. (1924 -)

Papers, 1991, 0.25 linear inches.

Des Moines wife and mother who worked as a secretary during World War II.

BOLTON, TACY

Student essay, 1997.  95 pages.

“Diversity in Dance,” by Tacy Bolton, describes the history of the Dieman-Bennett Dance Theatre of the Hemispheres in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

BONDURANT, DOROTHY (1908-2002)

Papers, 1926-1999. 3.75 linear feet.

Waterloo music educator and multicultural programs coordinator.

BONFIGLIO, RUTH (1918-2008)

Papers, 1997, 0.25 linear inches.

 Member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, Iowa.

BONNEY, MARGARET ATHERTON

Papers, 1810-1992.  1.25 linear feet.

Bonney’s research files include Iowa suffragist Mary Jane Coggeshall, scientist Mary Louise Putnam, physician Jennie McCowen, and pioneer evangelist and minister, Abner Kneeland

BOOK REVIEW CLUB (MANCHESTER, IOWA)

Records, 1938-2007. 5 linear inches.

BOOKER, NELLIE (1918-2002)

Papers, c.1910-1999, 3.25 linear feet.

Newspaper reporter and author of poems and essays. The collection includes scrapbooks and photograph albums.

BOONE TOWNSHIP WOMEN’S CLUB (WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA)

Records, 1911-2002

The club was organized in 1911 for “the social and intellectual benefit” of the ladies of Boone and the surrounding area.

BOOSTER WOMEN’S CLUB (FORT MADISON, IOWA)

Records, 1947-1998. 2.5 linear inches.

Social and philanthropic club organized in 1947 by African American women in Fort Madison, Iowa

BOOTH, MARLENE. (1948- ).

Papers, 1951, 1955.  0.5 linear inches.

Jewish independent filmmaker raised in Des Moines, Iowa.

BORG, MABEL

Papers, 8 linear feet.

BOULWARE, LOIS (1903-1998)

Papers, 1977-1995. 0.5 linear inches.

Physician in the University of Iowa Student Health Department, who established the Patient Advocacy Program at University Hospitals after her retirement.

BOWERSOX and OSBORN FAMILIES

Papers, 1861-1995. 1.75 linear feet.

The Bowersox family settled in Johnson County, Iowa in approximately 1855.  The papers include a family account book, school exams and teaching certificates.

BOYD, JUNE LUNDY (1922- )

Papers, 2002. 0.25 linear inches.

Memoir describes growing up and teaching in southwestern Iowa, Lundy’s wartime wedding and subsequent life in Knoxville, Iowa.

BOYD SUSAN (1927- )

Papers, 1942-2002.  3 linear feet.

Journalist and writer who published several articles in Mademoiselle.  She also served as University of Iowa First Lady from 1969-1981.

BOYUM, BERNICE LARSON (1922- )

Papers, 1943-1948, 1993 and undated. 1 linear inch.

Ellsworth, Iowa, woman who served in World War II.

BRADLEY FAMILY

Papers, 1811-1992. 2 linear feet.

Correspondence of this nineteenth-century family that resided in the Hudson River Valley of New York.

BRANT, ALICE SOPHIA (1882-1956)

Papers, 1901-2006 and undated. 6 linear inches (24 volumes).

Diaries of this homemaker and mother who helped manage the family’s funeral home in Oelwein.

BRANYAN, HELEN BAIRD (1927- ).

Volume, 2000. 380 pages.

“Letters From Egypt” by Helen Baird Branyan consists largely of Clarice Bloomfield’s letters, 1920-1938, which describe the life of an Albia, Iowa girl who became a missionary in Egypt.

BRAVERMAN, ROSALIE (1910-2010)

Oral history and memoir, 1996 and undated. 0.25 linear inches.

Braverman recalls her childhood in “Youthful Journeys in Poland and Germany.”  The oral history interview concerns student family life, the Jewish community in Iowa City, and anti-Semitism.

BRIDENSTINE, JEANNE (1923- )

Papers, 1960-1996. 1 linear foot.

First woman elected chairperson of the Jasper County Democratic Central Committee in 1972.

BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS: THE LIVES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF RURAL FARM WOMEN

Records, 1992-1999. 1 linear inch.

BRIGGS, LELA POWERS (1896-1953)

Papers, 1892-1992.

5.5 linear feet and artifacts.An artist who farmed with her husband near La Porte, Iowa.

BRIGGS, SHIRLEY

Unprocessed papers.

BRINE, PELTON AND THOMPSON v. THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Records, 1985-1996. 10.25 linear feet.

Materials relate to the suit filed by 3 dental hygiene faculty members charging that the scheduled closing of the University of Iowa Dental Hygiene Program was discriminatory.

BRINTON, ADA MAE BROWN (1891-1988).

Memoir, 1977. 70 pages.

In “Sunshine and Rain in Iowa: Reminiscing through 86 Years,” Brinton reflects on rural Iowa, hard work, church traditions, and the love of family and community.

BROWN, HELEN ANDREWS

Unprocessed papers, 1924-1927 and 1976.

Scrapbook and memory book describing her years as a Latin student at SUI.

BROWN, PAULA WATTS (1909-1974)

Papers, 1930-1974. 10 linear feet.

Civic leader in Des Moines, Iowa.

BROWNING LITERARY CLUB (ATLANTIC, IOWA)

Address, c. 1901. 1 linear inch.

Speech delivered at the 9th District Convention of the Iowa Federation of Women’s Clubs.

BRUBAKER, MARY

Papers, 1979 and 1999.

 0.5 linear inches.Des Moines television reporter and producer. The papers include materials about Brubaker’s grandmother who worked for the Des Moines Police Department in the 1920s and 1930s.

BUCKLEY, IRENE COLEMAN (1904-2006)

Memoir, 1998. 63 pages.

“A Handful of Rain: The Life of Irene Buckley,” describes her life as a teacher, wife, mother, librarian, and volunteer.

BUCKSBAUM, CAROLYN “KAY” (1929- )

Papers, 1949-1998.  2 linear feet.

Civic activist involved in the Jewish community, the Des Moines symphony, the League of Women Voters, and the Proteus Club.

BUNKERS, SUZANNE (1950- )

Diaries, 1970-1999. 2 linear feet.

BURCHARD FAMILY

Papers, 1862-2003.  15 linear inches.

Extensive diaries of a farm family that migrated from New York to Laurens, Iowa, in 1910.

BURGER, BETTY M. (1920-2007)

Papers, 1973-2009. 2.5 linear inches.

Congressional caseworker from 1967 until 2007.  Her papers are primarily concerned with the case of Simas Kudirka, a Lithuanian sailor who attempted to defect to the United States in 1970 and was sent to a Siberian labor camp, gaining his release after four years due to the efforts of Burger, Illinois Senator Robert Hanrahan, and Lithuanian-American groups.

BURKE, N. PEGGY

Papers, 1965-1995 (bulk 1975-1977). 9.2 linear feet.

Physical education professor and past president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, 1976-1977.

BURLESON, JANE (1928- )

Papers, 1956-1998. 2.5 linear inches.

Teacher’s aide, packinghouse worker, and union activist, Burleson was the first woman and first African American elected to the Fort Dodge City Council.

BUSHNELL-HAMLIN, ELLA

Papers, 1912-1985 (bulk 1912-1930). 7 items.

Early suffragist and owner of Trident Publishing Company in Davenport, Iowa.

BYERS, ROSETTA M. (1905- )

Papers, 1904-1920. 6 linear inches.

University of Iowa student from 1914-1918.