Marcella Henley Smith papers
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Scope and Contents
The Marcella Henley Smith papers date from 1938 to 1999 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers consist of Confetti, a book of short essays Smith wrote describing her life in rural Iowa from childhood through aging adulthood; letters Smith wrote to her mother and brother, Bill, during a month-long trip she took east and into Canada in 1938, along with two letters sent to Smith from her mother and one from family friend, Pearl Richey; several journals in which Smith documents her reading from 1959 to 1992; book lists; and newspaper articles that were originally stuffed into the reading journals that cover such topics as new publications, U.S. presidents and world history.
- Creation: 1938-2012
- Smith, Marcella Henley, 1909-2012 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
Marcella Henley was born November 30, 1909 to Will Henley and Pearl Smith Henley on a farm in Monroe County, Iowa. Will Henley had been orphaned and had little schooling, but he worked hard as a rural laborer, for the coal mines and railroads, and with the Albia police department. Pearl Smith Henley had a grade school education and a passion for reading which she passed down to her daughter. Henley had an older step-brother, Babe, who was injured in World War I. She also had one biological brother, Bill.
In 1940 Henley married Clell Smith. He died in 1995. They had no children. Smith spent her entire life in the Albia, Iowa area. Together, Marcella and Clell Smith ran a sandwich shop in Albia. During her husband's absence during World War II, Marcella Smith purchased a flower shop and greenhouse. She was always active in the Presbyterian Church; as a high school student she was nominated to attend the national convention of the Young People's Christian Union in Seattle. During World War II, she became active with the local chapter of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls as their Mother Advisor. As a senior citizen, Marcella Smith was instrumental in developing a senior center in Albia.
5.00 linear inches
Language of Materials
Memoir, Confetti, of her life in Albia, Iowa, correspondence, and journals of books read since 1959.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 842) were donated by Marcella Henley Smith in 2002.
Genre / Form
- Archives (groupings)
- Oral histories
- Personal papers
- Lisa Mott, 2004.
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