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Irene Coleman Buckley memoir

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0386

Scope and Contents

The Irene Buckley reminiscences were written in 1998 and recall the period from 1904 to 1998. They are printed in a 63-page booklet.


  • Creation: 1998


Conditions Governing Access

"A Handful of Rain: The Life of Irene Buckley" is 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

Mildred Adelaide Irene Coleman was born July 11, 1904 in Bowsers Crossing, Iowa. From birth she was called Irene. Her family moved to Ogden, Iowa, where she attended school, graduating in 1922 with a Normal Training degree. She taught in two one-room schools and was paid $65.00 a month. She married Robert Lee Buckley on April 17, 1923. This marriage ended her teaching career, as married women were not allowed to teach.

She raised several children, maintained a large garden, and joined the local chapter of the American Legion Auxiliary serving as its historian for twenty-two years. While raising her family Irene Buckley got a job at the Ogden Public Library which she dearly enjoyed. She especially liked working with the children at the library. During these years Buckley also began a writing career, creating a large amount of poetry and occasional skits. Irene Buckley died November 7, 2006.


0.25 linear inches

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


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

"A Handful of Rain: The Life of Irene Buckley" was donated by Irene Buckley (donor no. 551) in 1998.

Margaret Richardson, 2001.
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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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