Sister Joyce Blum papers
Scope and Contents
The Sister Joyce Blum papers date from 1994 to 2008 and measure 2 linear inches. The papers consist primarily of her self-published writings, reflections, and poetry about her work at the Arizona State prison and on the Mexican border.
- Blum, Joyce, Sister, 1936- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.
Biographical / Historical
Sister Joyce Blum was born in Panama, Iowa, in 1936 to Eleanora Susanna Pauley Blum and Martin Christian Blum. She was the sixth of eleven children. After graduating from St. Mary's high school in Panama, she entered St. Rose Convent where she took her final vows in 1963. She became a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) in La Crosse, Wisconsin, serving over the next fifty years as a missionary to Spanish-speaking people across the United States, El Salvador, and in Mexico. Between 1993 and 2000, she worked as a chaplain in the Arizona State Prison and then started a volunteer ministry on the Mexican border to assist migrant workers and orphans. Returning to the U.S. in 2006, she continued her work with the Spanish-speaking of Iowa, serving three parishes in the Diocese of Sioux City: Denison, Storm Lake and Carroll.
2.00 linear inches
The papers consist primarily of her self-published writings, reflections, and poetry about her work at the Arizona State prison and on the Mexican border.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 1230) were donated by Sr. Joyce Blum in 2008.
- Archives (groupings)
- Arizona State Prison
- Blum, Joyce, Sister, 1936-
- Church work with Hispanic Americans
- Church work with orphans
- Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (La Crosse, Wis.)
- Migrant labor
- Personal papers
- Prison chaplains
- Women in church work
- Rosemary Riess, 2010.
- Language of description
- Script of description