Yelland Family papers
Scope and Contents
The Yelland Family papers are rich with details about life in small town Iowa, as well as life during the early-mid 20th century. The collection also includes an account of a bank robbery by John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson, as well as an account of life during World War II. The family lived in the town which became the basis for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, and the family was in fact acquainted with Willson.
- Yelland, Annie Allen (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has been retained by the donor.
Biographical / Historical
Annie Allen was born in 1893 in Rockford, IA, and died in 1982. After graduating from high school, she taught in rural schools, and began working at the Mason City Public Library. Starting in 1916, she worked and attended Library School at the University of Iowa, before transferring to Colorado State College Library School (Greeley, Colorado) in 1923. After returning to Iowa, she married Curtis Yelland, a bookstore owner, in 1926; they had two daughters, Isabel Katherine Yelland (1928- ) and Georgia Ann Yelland (1930- ). After her husband’s death in 1938, Annie Allen Yelland went back to work, running the family’s bookstore. Isabel Yelland married Paul Denham in 1953. Georgia Yelland married Phil Nelson sometime before 1951. Both daughters attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
Language of Materials
A memoir of the Yelland family, written by Annie Allen Yelland, Georgia Yelland Nelson, and Isabel Yelland Denham.
One file, shelved in SCVF.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 1113) were donated by Isabel Yelland Denham in 2007.
- Yelland Family Papers
- Amanda Axley
- April 25, 2018
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