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Sister Mary Dominica Urbany papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0692

Scope and Contents

The Sister Mary Dominica Urbany papers date from 1866 to 1936 and contain 8 items. The papers consist chiefly of photocopies of letters written by Sister Mary Dominica Urbany to her family while she was in China. Two newspaper clippings and a tribute to Sister Mary Dominica Urbany written by her students as she left for China are also included.


  • Creation: 1866-1936


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

Born in Hobscheid, Luxemburg, Germany, Anna Urbany immigrated with her sister Mary to Festina, Iowa, in 1871 after herparents died. In 1876, at the age of approximately thirteen, she entered St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin as a member ofthe Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, where she took the name Sister Mary Dominica Urbany. She served as thefirst Sister Superior at the St. Angela Institute (now Kuemper High School at Carroll, Iowa) for ten years. Sister Mary Dominica Urbany then left the United States to pursue missionary work in China until her death in 1936.


0.25 linear inches

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Member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and a missionary to China from 1928 to 1936.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 389) were donated by Dorothy Clark in 1996.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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