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Lenora Backes papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0010

Scope and Contents

The Lenora Backes diaries date from 1944 to 1946 and measure 0.25 linear inches. In these two volumes, Backes discusses household work, quilting, embroidery, cooking, church attendance, pinochle, and letter writing. She references travels to Cedar Rapids and Belle Plaine, Iowa. Michelle Mouton purchased the diaries at an antique store in the Amana Colonies in Iowa, and donated them to the Iowa Women's Archives.


  • Creation: 1944-1946


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Lenora Backes, a diarist, lived on a farm in east central Iowa. The two diaries in this collection contain very little biographical information.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Diaries of an Iowa farm woman.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The diaries (donor no. 844) were donated by Michelle Mouton in 2002.

Karissa Haugeberg, 2007
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Revision Statements

  • finding aid revision date not supplied: Keep

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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