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Lucille Burdette papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0937

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of Lucille Burdette’s memoir “90 Years of God’s Blessings,” written shortly after her ninetieth birthday.


  • Creation: 2009


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

Lucille Williamson Burdette was born on a farm near Shell Rock, Iowa in 1919. She earned a degree from the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester Minnesota followed by a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. While training as a nurse, Burdette completed correspondence courses at the Moody Bible School, graduating in 1947 with majors in Bible and Missions.

In 1948, Burdette began her work as a missionary in Nigeria, caring for patients suffering from Hansen’s disease (leprosy). She remained in Africa until 1971 when she returned home to care for her mother. She married Forrest Burdette that same year. Burdette retired from nursing in 1973 and enjoyed hobbies such as rock hunting, jewelry making, and crocheting during her retirement.


0.25 linear inches

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Nurse who served as a missionary and cared for patients with leprosy in Nigeria from 1948-1971.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1295) were donated by Lucille Burdette in 2013.



Laurel Rhame, 2014
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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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