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Edna Jones papers

Identifier: IWA0915

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Scope and Contents

The Edna Jones papers date from 1940 to 2008 and measure 5 linear inches. They contain Jones' notes on her family genealogy. Also included are her Daughters of the American Revolution application and news clippings about her book and genealogical research.


  • Creation: 1940-2008


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research

Biographical / Historical

Edna Lois Jones was born in rural Washington County, Iowa in 1908 to William and Edith (Helm) Jones. She graduated from Washington High School in 1927, and worked as a country school teacher. Jones was an avid genealogist and a member of the Washington County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was a founding member of the Washington County Historical Society and served as its president. Jones is listed as the editor and artist of Nathan Littler's History of Washington County, 1835-1875 (located in University of Iowa's Special Collections) and transcribed the Washington County Marriage Records from 1839 to 1883 (located at the State Historical Society in Iowa City). At 95, she published her first book, Hollyhocks and Hitching Posts, a history of Washington County. Edna Jones died in 2009.


5.00 linear inches

Language of Materials



Author, artist, and amateur historian from Washington County, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1367) were donated by Michael Zahs in 2012.

Christina Jensen
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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)