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Hedy Hustedde papers

Identifier: IWA0879

Scope and Contents

The Hedy Hustedde papers are organized in six series: Biographical, Correspondence, Diaries, Education, Professional and Volunteer Activities, and Artifacts.

The Biographical series (1879-1990) contains childhood writings by Hustedde, including "Bulletin Girls," documenting her work with a friend to produce weekly bulletins for the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Waterloo. Also included are an 1879 autograph book containing messages written to both Hustedde and an Eva A. Bullis, and her Brownie and Girl Scout friendship books from the late 1950s.

The Correspondence series (1975-2010) contains letters by Hustedde to her parents while she was living in Germany from 1978 to 1982 and letters from Hustedde to her mother-in-law, Anna, after the death of Anna's husband William Hustedde in 1992. Also included is a binder of postcards, notes, and favorite quotes sent by authors Hustedde wrote to in conjunction with her work at the Bettendorf Public Library, among them Isabelle Allende, Bill Bryson, Ray Bradbury, Caroline Cooney, Robert Fulguhm, P.D. James, Barbara Kingsolver, and R.L. Stine.

The Diaries 1961-2003) were written by Hustedde over a forty-year period, beginning when she was eleven years old; among the items are several desk and engagement calendars used as diaries.

The Education series (1958-1988) is organized by academic institutions Hustedde attended, beginning with grade school. Included are papers she wrote in high school and college, lecture notes, and high school and college yearbooks.

The Professional and Volunteer Activities series (1973-1983) includes material related to books about disabilities in the Bettendorf Public Library as well as material from a Christian Experience Weekend, a Catholic religious retreat program that originated in the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa.

The Artifacts series contains a collection of paper napkins saved by Hustedde as souvenirs of places and special events.


  • 1890-2010


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

Hedy Noreen Rose Hackenmiller, the only child of Wilfred and Mary Clute Hackenmiller, was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1950. Hustedde attended Columbus High School in Waterloo; the University of Northern Iowa, receiving a B.A. in English; Marycrest College; and the University of Iowa, where she received a Master's degree in Library Science. She was employed at the Bettendorf Public Library, and volunteered at St. Paul the Apostle's church library, the Figge Art Museum library, and as a member of the German American Heritage Center Program Committee. Hedy Hackenmiller married Michael Hustedde in 1974. The couple had three children: Hester "Ceit", Katrin, and William. The Husteddes lived in Berlin, Germany for four years between 1978 and 1982.


6.90 linear feet

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