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Bessie Wilkerson papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0320
The Bessie Wilkerson papers date from 1994 and consist of one newspaper clipping.

Dates

  • 1994

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Extent

1.00 item

Abstract

Former seamstress and long-time resident of Fort Madison, Iowa.

Arrangement One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Biographical / Historical

Bessie Wilkerson moved to Fort Madison, Iowa, from Des Moines, Iowa, in 1927 and attended high school there. She dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to marry Marshall Wilkerson. They had three sons and six daughters of whom seven lived to adulthood. To help support her family, Wilkerson took in sewing, which she could work on at home while raising her children. All of the surviving children attended college, even though neither Bessie Wilkerson nor her husband ever finished high school. Bessie Wilkerson was nominated for Mother of the Year in 1961.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 440) were donated by Bessie Wilkersonin 1997.
Author
Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
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University of Iowa Libraries
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