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Mary Sunier papers

Identifier: IWA1193

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Sunier papers date from 1915 to 1965 and measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Correspondence and Paul and Camilla.

The Correspondence series (1928-1965) primarily consists of handwritten letters and postcards from Mary Sunier to her sister, Camilla Sunier Jones. This series also contains handwritten letters from friends and relatives of both Camilla Sunier Jones and her husband, Paul Jones. Topics of discussion included farm life, family affairs, and the impact of national events, particularly World War II.

The Paul and Camilla series (1915-1950) contains documents that the couple had collected throughout their life together, both in Iowa City and Mt. Auburn, Iowa. These documents include local business materials, church bulletins, newspaper clippings, telephone directories, and wedding invitations. Materials pertaining to the University of Iowa and the First Christian Church located in Iowa City are also included.


  • Creation: 1915-1965

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

Mary Sunier was born in 1895 to Stephen and Elizabeth Sunier of Iowa City, Iowa. She lived there with her parents and siblings, Eugene and Camilla. While in Iowa City, Sunier participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Christian Church. She and her sister were also members of the Bethany Club at the University of Iowa in the late 1920s. Sunier remained unmarried and died in Iowa City in 1971.


10.00 linear inches

Language of Materials



Handwritten letters, local business materials, and newspaper clippings illustrating Iowa in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1354) were donated by Bob Welsh in 2014.

Mary Sunier papers
Bailey Adolph
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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