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Helen Baird Branyan papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0758

Scope and Contents

The Helen Baird Branyan papers date from 1920-1936 and consist of letters written by her parents, Clarcie R. Bloomfield and John M. Baird, who were United Prebyterian Missionaries to Egypt.


  • Creation: 1920-1936


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

Helen Baird Branyan was the daughter of Clarie Ruby Bloomfield Baird and John M. Baird. Clarice was born September 3, 1894 in Avery, Iowa, the seventh child of Charles Noble Bloomfield and Julia Helen Roop. She graduated from Albia High school and attended Tarkio College, Tarkio, Mo. In 1920 she went to Egypt as a missionary for the United Presbyterian Church. She married John Milford Baird, a fellow missionary, December 26, 1924 in Cairo, Egypt. Three children were born to the couple: Mary Jean Baird (Dec. 13, 1927), Helen Louise Baird (Aug. 26, 1927), and Charlotte Ruth Baird (June 28, 1932). Clarice served as a foreign missionary with her husband until 1936 when the family returned to the United States and lived in St. Charles, and Indianola, Iowa. Clarice died October 22, 1939 of cancer and was buried in Albia, Iowa.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Letters From Egypt by Helen Baird Branyan consists primarily of Clarice Bloomfield's letters, written between 1920 and 1938. The letters describe the life of an Albia, Iowa, girl who became a missionary in Egypt.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 721) were donated by Helen Baird Branyan in 2000.

Helen Baird Branyan papers
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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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