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Germaine Mayer Blake papers

Identifier: IWA0271

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Scope and Contents

The Germaine Mayer Blake papers date from 1948 to 1997 and measure 20 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Teaching materials and professional materials.

The Teaching materials series (1948-1997 and undated) contains lesson plans, learning activities, and educational materials for elementary school students. Also contained in this series is a collection of papers Blake wrote for children's education courses she took at the University of Northern Iowa during the late 1960s and early 1970s. These papers include the following: "Learning Styles of Children," "Problems of Reading 'Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development," "Providing for the Gifted Child," "The Art of Teaching," "Behavior Modification, Pavlovian Theory, Skinnerian Theory, Gestalt Theory," "Systematic Instruction of Learner Centered Programmed Paradigm," "Teaching Bright and Gifted Children," and "Life in the Netherlands: Education of the Slow Learner."

The Professional materials series (1953-1997, and undated) contains teaching contracts, classroom journals, teaching evaluations, faculty meeting notes, and materials from a variety of educational organizations, such as the Literary Leaders Reading Council.


  • Creation: 1948-1997


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.

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Biographical / Historical

Germaine Mayer Blake was born on a farm outside of Stacyville, Iowa, in 1932 to Albert and Pauline Mayer. She attended Visitation Grade School and High School. Mayer earned a teaching certificate at the Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa). She taught at Sacred Heart School in Meyer, Iowa, for three years. In 1954, Mayer married her high school sweetheart, Willard Blake, and the couple had three children. In 1964, she began teaching at Visitation Grade School. While teaching, Blake returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa. She retired in 1997 after 33 years at Visitation School. After retirement from teaching, Blake tutored. Her interests included sewing, gardening, baking, reading, crossword puzzles, bowling, bridge, traveling, and volunteering. She was active in the Stacyville Nursing Home Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Meals on Wheels, and Visitation Church. Blake died in Rochester, Minnesota in 2011 at the age of 79.


20.00 linear inches

1 audiocassette [AC531], 1 record album [RA1] boxes

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Elementary school teacher who taught for thirty-three years at the Catholic Visitation Grade School in Stacyville, Iowa.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 375) were donated by Germaine Mayer Blake in 1996 and 1997.

Related Materials

Debra Blake papers (IWA): Debra Blake is the daughter of Germaine Blake.

Kristen Rasbach, 1997; John Williams-Searle, 2000; Meredith Kite, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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