Love-Bowman Family papers
The Love-Bowman Family papers are divided into two series: Annabelle Bowman, which contains the oral history of Bonnie Love’s mother-in-law, and Kathryn Lyman Love, which includes film Love’s mother shot and edited, and a book of her writings, Play it Again, Kathryn, much of which was originally published in Kathryn’s “With Love” column in The Des Moines Register.
- Love family (Family)
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, excluding that of the book Play it Again, Kathryn.
2.50 linear inches
Oral history of donor Bonnie Love’s mother-in-law, Annabelle Bowman; home movies and writing by Love’s mother, Kathryn Lyman Love.
Biographical / Historical
Annabelle Winegarden Bowman was a farm wife born in Iowa in 1919. She married at a young age after her father lost his land during the Great Depression. She had four sons with her husband, Burdette, including Wayne, Bonnie Love’s husband. An avid music and travel enthusiast, she passed away in 2005. Kathryn Lyman Love was born in 1909 and grew up in Fonda, Iowa. She hoped to go to college, but was forced by the depression to opt for a semester of business school, after which she worked as a typist. She married Raymond Love in 1933, and became a homemaker. The couple had one child, Bonnie, born in 1946. During World War II, Kathryn worked in an ordinance plant near Ankeny, Iowa, an experience she wrote about for The Des Moines Register after she was widowed. A filmmaking hobbyist, she recorded much of her 48th Street neighborhood, as well as family vacations with Ray and Bonnie. Kathryn Love died in 1995.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers (donor no.1309) were donated by Bonnie Love in 2012.
- Maggie Halterman, 2013