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Helena Jongewaard McDonald papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0390

Scope and Contents

The Helena "Lane" Jongewaard McDonald papers date from 1913 to 1952 and measure 1 linear inch. The papers include a transcription of her diaries for the years 1913-14, 1917, and 1934 entitled "In Commemoration of her 100th Birthday, May 27, 1994: The Journals of Helena "Lane" Jongewaard McDonald." They mostly detail everyday life, growing up in Iowa and going to college in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The diaries contain photographs of McDonald and her husband at about the time the diaries were written. Also included in the collection is a 1952 obituary of McDonald's mother, Jennie Ver Ploegh Jongewaard.


  • Creation: 1913-1952


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

Helena "Lane" Jongewaard McDonald was born May 27, 1894 in northwestern Iowa to Ringert Cornelius Jongewaard and Jennie Ver Ploegh Jongewaard. She grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa and attended college in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1918, she married Thomas Fraser McDonald. They met in 1913 when she was a teacher at Sioux Center, Iowa and he was the superintendent of schools in her district. Helena McDonald died November 11, 1989.


1.00 linear inch

Photographs in SCVF. boxes

Language of Materials



Teacher who attended Iowa State College in 1914.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 560) were donated by Leslie M. McKinley in 1998.

Elizabeth Engel, 2005.
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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
319-335-5900 (Fax)