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Marjorie Jean Bertalot Block papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0385

Scope and Contents

The Marjorie Bertalot Block collection consists primarily of reminiscences and measures one linear inch. Her papers include two typescript reminiscences, 'My Story' and 'Nursing Experiences, 1942-1998.' A flyer and a newspaper clipping concerning the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War Two and three photographs are also included.


  • Creation: 1942-1998


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to portions of the collection has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Marjorie Jean Bertalot Block was born an identical twin, on July 22, 1923, in Spring Valley, Minnesota. She and her twin sister helped their father in his harness shop while schoolgirls and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941. They both entered Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in their senior year, and graduated in 1945.

After graduation, Marjorie Bertalot married Alvin Block. He taught agriculture for three years before they returned to farming. In 1964, they bought a farm northwest of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Marjorie Block worked as a nurse at night, farmed during the day, and raised their children. When Alvin Block died of cancer in 1970, Marjorie Block and her children moved into the town of Vinton. She continued to work as a nurse until retiring. In recent years, she has been recognized for her activities with the American Cancer Society.


1.00 linear inch

Language of Materials



My Story describes Block's training as a nurse, family life, her employment off and on the farm, and her activities in Benton County, Iowa.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 550) were donated by Marjorie Bertalot Block in 1999.

Doris Malkmus, 2000.
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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
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