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Blossom Baker papers

Identifier: IWA0941

Scope and Contents

The Blossom Baker papers date from 1933 to 1960 and measure 2.5 linear inches. They consist of four books detailing the Baker family’s income and expenses through several decades that included the Great Depression and World War II. The collection also includes a chapter from a family history titled The Baker Family, Seven Generations in Iowa, which focuses on the Bakers’ life in Humboldt, Iowa.


  • 1933-1960


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

Blossom Henton Baker was born in Nebraska on October 4, 1908, to Glenn and Mollie Henton. She grew up in Wakefield, Nebraska. Baker attended an Episcopalian girls’ preparatory school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before becoming a student at Morningside College in Sioux City. She went on to study French and Spanish at the University of Iowa. In 1933 she married Melvin Baker. They moved to Humboldt, Iowa for Melvin’s law career. There, Blossom Baker participated in many social organizations, such as P.E.O and a church group called the Keybearers, and managed the family budget.


2.5 linear inches

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Humboldt, Iowa, homemaker who kept family budget records from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1384) were donated by Thomas Baker in 2014.
Rachel Black, 2016
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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)