MsC 449


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1880 -- 1966

(Bulk Dates: 1918 to 1947)
1.75 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: August 2002



Acquisition Note: The Fox family papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1985 by Mrs. Helen Fox Angell.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs: Boxes 1, 2, 4


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Biographical Note

Walter H. Fox (1882 -- 1919) was born in West Union, Iowa. He lived and studied there until 1901 when he entered medical school at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City. After graduating in 1905, he became a lecturer and later an assistant professor in anatomy at SUI. Dr. Fox married Bess Peebles (1882 -- 1970) on June 12, 1907 in their hometown of West Union. The following year they moved to Waucoma, Iowa where he began a medical practice. It was there that their only child, Helen, was born in 1911. Dr. Fox enlisted in the Army in 1917 and was called to active duty in April 1918. During World War I he served in hospitals around Paris and Angiers, France. Following the Armistice, Captain Fox helped the Italian Red Cross combat a typhus epidemic in Serbia. On February 22, 1919 in Semendria, Serbia, Walter H. Fox died of septic pneumonia.

Bess Peebles Fox received her B.A. from Upper Iowa University in 1904 and later did graduate work at the State University of Iowa. As a doctor's wife, Bess Fox was an active leader in community affairs. After moving to the Iowa City area, she chose to devote herself to gardening, reading, and friends. Mrs. Fox died suddenly on November 2, 1970.

Helen Fox Angell graduated from Waucoma High School in 1928. Later that year, she and her mother moved to University Heights facilitating her attendance at the State University of Iowa. In 1932, after receiving a degree in Romance Languages, she became a high school French and English teacher. Helen joined the American Red Cross in 1943 and was trained as a hospital recreation worker. She was then stationed overseas in England and Belgium. After the war, she was assigned club work in the Panama Canal Zone. It was there, in 1947, that Helen Fox met and married Charles Angell, a career soldier. The Angells have lived in University Heights since 1954, when he retired on combat disability.

Scope and Contents


The Fox family papers date from 1880 -- 1966 and occupy 1.75 linear feet of shelf space. The collection is divided into four major series. The first series is the Fox family history, containing genealogical data and photographs concerning the entire Fox family. The second series relates specifically to Dr. Walter H. Fox. Included here are correspondence, medals, memorials, newspaper clippings, military orders, photographs, etc., dating primarily from Dr. Fox's tour of duty during WWI. Bess Peebles Fox, herself a tireless writer, was the primary recipient of all of this collection's correspondence. The Bess Peebles Fox series itself is small, and contains primarily academic records and membership certificates. The correspondence that she wrote to her husband is included within the Walter H. Fox series. Correspondence with her daughter is included in the Helen Fox Angell series. The Helen Fox Angell series consists of correspondence, photographs, orders, and memorabilia from her service with the American Red Cross during WWII and the following years. Each division is arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence.


Box List


Box 1

Fox family history by Helen Fox Angell

Photographs, 1880 -- 1930. (2 folders)

Walter H. Fox:

Correspondence to his wife Bess Peebles Fox:
1905 -- 1916

April -- August 1918

September -- October 1918

November 1918 -- February 1919

Correspondence to Walter H. Fox from Bess Peebles Fox, December 1918 -- March 1919

Correspondence from miscellaneous others to Walter H. Fox, 1907 -- 1918

Correspondence form miscellaneous others to Bess Peebles Fox concerning Walter H. Fox:


1920 -- 1934

Disposition of Walter H. Fox's remains, 1919 -- 1921

Box 2

Walter H. Fox , continued:


Memorials, 1919 -- 1921

Monthly Personal Report, 1918

Newspaper clippings, 1918 -- 1921

Nikolitch, Michael (Serbian aide to Dr. Fox). Correspondence, 1919 -- 1921

Orders and military ephemera, 1917 -- 1963

Photographs (3 folders)

Waucoma, Iowa. Bronze Memorial Tablet, 1921

Bess Peebles Fox:

Academic records and membership certificates

Helen Fox Angell:

Academic records, 1911 and 1940

Correspondence to her mother, Bess Peebles Fox:

October -- December 1943

January -- May 1944

Box 3

Helen Fox Angell , continued:

Correspondence to her mother, Bess Peebles Fox , continued:

May -- July 1944

July 1944 -- April 1945

April 1945 -- September 1945

December 1945 -- December 1947

Correspondence to Helen Fox from Bess Peebles Fox, 1943 -- 1945

Correspondence from miscellaneous others to Helen Fox, 1933 -- 1945

American Red Cross. Directives, army orders, ration cards, mess tickets, etc., 1942 -- 1945

Box 4

Helen Fox Angell , continued:

Dyke, Lester Maris. Oxford Angel, the 91st General Hospital in World War II, 1966

Newspaper profile, 2000


Belgium, France and Germany (WWII)

Great Britain (WWII )

Panama Canal Zone, 1945 -- 1947

Telephone directories, Panama Canal Zone, 1945 -- 1946

Walter H. Fox. Portrait, 1918 (oversize)



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