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Esther Snitker Bechtel papers

Identifier: IWA1157

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Scope and Contents

The Esther Snitker Bechtel papers date from 1938 to 1940 and measure 7.5 linear inches. The papers mostly contain class notes written by Bechtel while attending the State University of Iowa School of Nursing. These notes are organized by class subjects associated with the School of Nursing including: Gynecology, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Foods, Physiology, Pharmacology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, History of Nursing, Bacteriology, Anatomy, Gastroenterology, Operating Room Technique, Urology, Ethics, Nursing Arts, Surgery, Principles and Practice of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Sociology, Dietetics, Social Disease, Urology, Tuberculosis, Hygiene, Communicable Disease, Gynecology, Otolaryngology Nursing, Orthopedics, Laboratory Technique, Aseptic Technique, and Medical Diseases. Most of these notes are handwritten on lined paper and bound by string. The collection also includes a nursing manual titled: "Social Hygiene Nursing Techniques: A Manual of Procedure in the Diagnosis Treatment and Public Health Control of Syphilis and Gonorrhea" by Nadine B. Geitz. Biographical materials documenting Esther Snitker Bechtel's life and education are also included in this collection.


  • Creation: 1938-1940


Conditions Governing Access

The records 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

Esther Snitker Bechtel attended the State University of Iowa School of Nursing during the years 1938 and 1939. After graduating from the School of Nursing, Bechtel worked as a nurse at the Decorah Hospital. She later married and raised a family in Sheffield, Iowa. For over thirty years, Bechtel worked as a nurse in the community of Sheffield, Iowa.


7.50 linear inches

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Class notes and educational materials from a State University of Iowa School of Nursing student.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 1313) were donated by Anne Bechtel Bakke in 2013.

Micaela Terronez, 2018.
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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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