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Ida "Belle" Bandfield Holden papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0062

Scope and Contents

The Ida "Belle" Bandfield Holden papers date from 1898 to 1905 and measure 0.5 linear inches. They include a Holden family tree, photocopied photographs of various Holdens, including Belle and Anson, and Belle Holden's diary. The end of the diary contains Holden's obituary, further remarks on the Holden family, and excerpts from Holden's financial records. The remarks were written by Helen George and give a brief description of the family members mentioned in Holden's diary, as well as further information about her death. Belle Holden's diary details her daily routines as well as her frustration at her husband's illness and her grief following his death.


  • Creation: 1840-1981


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

Ida "Belle" Bandfield Holden was a schoolteacher in the Waterloo area at the turn of the century. She was married to Anson Holden and they had a daughter, Florence. Anson Holden died of tuberculosis in 1899, less than a month after Belle Holden's mother passed away. These deaths had a profound effect on Holden. She remarried in 1904 and shortly thereafter took her own life.


0.50 linear inches

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Schoolteacher in the Waterloo area at the turn of the century.


One folder shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 114) were donated in 1993 by Helen George, whose grandmother, Maude Bandfield, was Belle Holden's niece.

Related Materials

Beverly George Everett papers (IWA):  Everett is Holden's maternal granddaughter.

Lea Keohane, 1994.
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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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