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Marie Tener Havel papers

Identifier: IWA0336

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Scope and Contents

The Marie Tener Havel papers date from 1931 to 1997 and measure 2.5 linear inches.  The papers consist primarily of biographical materials and writings by Havel.

The Biographical materials include educational information, appointment papers, affidavit of birth and family history and other papers for application to the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Correspondence consists primarily of job offers and letters to Havel upon her retirement, as well as accounts by Marie Tener and Marian Aspley of driving from Riverside, Iowa to Minneapolis in the Armistice Day blizzard of November 11, 1940. The "History of Memorial Windows in the Trinity United Methodist Church, Riverside, Iowa," (1994) written by Havel, provides brief histories of the families honored by the thirteen stained glass windows, including Tener's ancestors.

"Memories" (1997) is a memoir by Marie Tener Havel about her years as a nurse, notably those years spent as a field nurse in Missouri and at the University of Iowa Hospitals. The Newspaper clippings include her wedding announcement as well as articles about the University Hospitals and conferences she attended. The Speeches include Tener's "What others expect of you," given at the St. Luke's capping ceremony in 1958.

The Photographs (1931-1965) include Tener as a young nurse, as a field nurse in Missouri, at the University of Iowa, and with her husband.


  • Creation: 1931-1997


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

Marie Tener was born May 24, 1910 to John Wesley Tener and Bertha Mable Carr Tener in Riverside, Iowa. Tener graduated from Iowa City High School in 1928 and enrolled in the University of Iowa for a year and a half before moving to Chicago to earn her nursing degree from St. Luke's Hospital. After leaving St. Luke's in 1934, Tener was offered a job at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she was employed until 1939. She left to work at the Missouri Crippled Children's Service as a field nurse. This job required Tener to travel to the homes of disabled children in rural Missouri in order to get them to a treatment facility.

Then from 1941 to 1947, Tener operated the Blosser Home for Crippled Children in Marshall, Missouri. She also filled in doing odd jobs when help was scarce. Tener left Bloser Home in 1947 and spent one year as a school nurse before moving to North Carolina. In North Carolina, Tener worked in a summer camp before gaining a position at Duke University Hospital as a surgical instructor and supervisor. However, she worked there only six months before returning to Iowa to care for her sick mother. In June 1948, Tener found work at the University of Iowa Hospitals. During her seventeen years at the University of Iowa, Tener became director of nursing services.

Marie Tener left the University of Iowa Hospitals in 1965 when she married George Havel. The Havels moved to a farm where they raised crops and livestock and grew timber. After her husband died in 1983, Havel moved from the farm into the Riverside Senior Village. From 1984 to 1986, Havel donated her time to writing a weekly article titled the "Village Voice" for the Riverside Current. As of 1997, Havel was still living in Iowa City.


2.50 linear inches

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Nurse who worked in Missouri in the 1930s and at the University of Iowa Hospitals from 1948 to 1965.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no.460 ) were donated by Marie Havel in 1997.

Processing Information

This collection has materials related to the Blosser Home for Crippled Children. The Blosser Home later became a home for women, changing its original occupation. Because the original home no longer exists, the name will not be edited so that its history will remain visible despite its use of outdated and harmful language.

Jenny Meyer, 1998; Robert J. Jett, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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