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Nellie Booker papers

Identifier: IWA0421

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Scope and Contents

The Nellie Booker papers date from the 1910s to 1999 and measure 3.25 linear feet. The bulk of the collection consists of Booker's scrapbooks and photograph albums, which include family photographs, some of which are identified and dated, copies of Booker's columns, and clippings from local newspapers. The autobiographical writings consist of drafts of Booker's poems and essays; many are handwritten, and a few were written in her childhood years. A collection of essays from the late 1990s and the book of poetry Booker published in 1998 complete the collection. Booker's poems, essays, and reminiscences deal with religious beliefs, child-raising, farm life, Saturday nights in a small town, home remedies, early cosmetics, the 'funny papers,NULL holiday preparations, and many other topics.


  • Creation: 1910-1919


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.

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Biographical / Historical

Nellie Pakison Booker was born in 1918 in Riverton, Iowa. She was an only child and began reading books and writing poetry at the age of eight. She graduated from Riverton High School in 1936 and married James E. Booker in 1941. The couple had two sons, Norman and Roger. Nellie Booker became a newspaper reporter in 1934 and worked for six newspapers in the course of her career. She published her first poetry book when she was eighty years old. Booker died in 2002.


3.25 Linear Feet

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

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 613) were donated by Nellie Booker in 1999, and through Evelyn Birkby in succeeding years.

Margaret Richardson, 2001; Kären Mason, Janet Weaver, and Sharon M. Lake, 2006. [BookerNellie.doc]
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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