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Sokol Shuttleworth Bealer Grimm Family Papers

Identifier: MsC0395

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Scope and Contents

The papers of the Sokol-Shuttleworth family consist of the personal papers of Blanche Sokol Shuttleworth (such as diaries and correspondence), and the papers and business records of her brother George F. and his son Howard N. Sokol. The first five boxes of this collection are primarily the personal papers of Blanche (Sokol) Shuttleworth and consist of correspondence, diaries, photographs and other papers. The family correspondents include Blanche's husband W. D. Shuttleworth; and their children Frank Kayley Shuttleworth and Vivian Craven Shuttleworth There are also letters to her father, F.J. Sokol from a number of prominent Iowa political figures including A.B. Cummins, J.P. Dolliver, W.B. Allison, and G.W. Clarke. The next boxes were added to the collection in 1981 and are primarily comprised of the papers of George Frank Sokol, 1880-1947, and his son Howard Nisbet Sokol, 1912- . These include such items as lumber company records, diaries, and political correspondence with: Gerald Bogan, Norman Erbe, David M. Stanley, Wiley Mayne, Terry E. Branstad, Robert D. Ray, and James Leach.


  • Creation: 1875-1982
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1919
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1969


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Blanche Sokol Shuttleworth (1869 -- 1957) was the daughter of Frank J. (1841 -- 1921) and Anna Polveka Bezdichek Sokol (1851 -- 1910). F.J. Sokol spent most of his life in Jones County, Iowa. He was a member of the County Board of Supervisors and served in the State Legislature for two terms, the 28th and 29th General Assemblies. Besides Blanche, there were three other children in the family: Emma Shimerda of Oxford Junction, Dr. J.M. Sokol of Spencer, and George F. Sokol of Sibley. There are letters from all of these individuals in the collection.

Blanche Sokol married W.D. Shuttleworth in 1896. Shuttleworth (1869 -- 1941) was born at Fennimore, Grant County, Wisconsin. In 1890 he moved to Osceola County, Iowa, and later became the president of Shell Lumber Company and the vice-president of the Sibley Cement Company. Mr. and Mrs. Shuttleworth were the parents of two sons, Frank Kayley Shuttleworth (1899 -- 1958) and Vivian Craven Shuttleworth (1900 -- 1965). There are many letters and photographs of these two sons in the papers.

George F. Sokol (1880 -- 1947) was married to Agnes Nisbet Sokol (daughter of James Nisbet and sister of Elizabeth Hawley), their son was Howard Nisbet Sokol. Father and son were also involved in the lumber and cement businesses in Sibley, Iowa.


5.50 Linear Feet

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Correspondence and business records of family from Osceola County, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of the Sokol-Shuttleworth family were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by W.R. Shuttleworth and Howard N. Sokol over a period of years.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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