Suzanne Bunkers papers
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Scope and Contents
The Suzanne Bunkers papers date from 1964 to 2017 and measure 7.25 linear feet. The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical, Diaries, Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Professional, and Calendars.
The Biographical series (1966-2007) includes school notes, newspaper clippings, professional biographical statements, and other materials.
The Diaries series (1970-2017) includes 129 volumes of diaries, five of which are pocket-size travel journals. Bunkers wrote about academic life, current events, politics, feminism, travel, sexuality, divorce, motherhood, grief, and health.
The Correspondence series (1966 to 1998) is largely comprised of letters Bunkers exchanged with her mother and other family members. Also included is a short note, written to Bunkers from Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1993 (Box 9).
The Scrapbooks series (1962-1972) is comprised mainly of newspaper clippings assembled by Bunkers during her high school and college years.
The Professional series (1979 to 2000) includes Bunkers's resumes, research materials, and publications.
- Creation: 1964-2017
- Bunkers, Suzanne L. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.
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Biographical / Historical
Suzanne Lillian Bunkers, English professor and diarist, was born in 1950 in Granville, Iowa, to Verna Klein Bunkers and Jerome A. Bunkers. She attended Iowa State University, graduating with a BS in English education with honors in 1972, and an MA in English literature in 1974. In 1980, Bunkers received a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began teaching at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University-Mankato) in 1980. In 1985, she gave birth to Rachel Susanna Bunkers. Bunkers wrote, edited, and co-edited several books about women diarists, three of which are included in the collection.
7.25 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
English professor and diarist whose academic publications focus on women's history and diaries. Her own diaries reflect both her professional development and her personal life.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 604) were donated by Suzanne Bunkers in 2002 and subsequent years.
- Karissa Haugeberg, 2007; Jessica Lawson, 2014; Heidi Stofer, 2018
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