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Birdie Sears papers

Identifier: IWA0903

Scope and Contents

The Birdie Sears papers date from 1875 to 2013 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The focal point of the collection is Sears' childhood autograph book from 1875. Sears' friends and family autographed its pages, and in subsequent years, Sears annotated the book with quick "updates" on her friends' marriages and whereabouts. She also included newspaper clippings, business cards, event invitations, dried flowers, and short diary entries inside the book.


  • 1875-2013


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.

Biographical / Historical

Bertha "Birdie" Sears Murphy was born to Isaac and Nancy Sears in Davenport, Iowa, in 1861, the sixth of seven children. She married George Holmes Murphy, a civil engineer, in 1893; they had one daughter, Adah, in 1896. Birdie Sears died in 1938.


2.50 linear inches


Autograph book and genealogy of 19th century Iowa woman.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 219) were donated by Karen Mason in 2013.
Catherine Babikian
Language of description
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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)