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Janice Malfeld Becker papers

Identifier: IWA1194

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Scope and Contents

The Janice Malfeld Becker papers date from 1979 to 2016 and measure 20.4 linear inches (4 boxes). The papers, which consist almost entirely of Becker’s personal diaries, are arranged in chronological order.

Biographical information includes Becker’s obituary and correspondence from her sister, Diane Malfeld, about Becker’s life and the significance of her diaries as a record of the new choices and opportunities available to women in the last quarter of the twentieth century. The rest of the collection consists of sixty-five diaries, with daily entries written by Becker between 1979 and 2016. The collection does not include diaries for 1987, 1989-1990, or 2010-2015. Becker records her day-to-day activities while living and working in Iowa City. A typical entry refers to her work as a lawyer, meetings she attended, exercise routines, and meals. There is some discussion of the organizations in which she was involved. Box 4 includes two notebooks in which Becker made notes regarding her cat’s health, as well as a detailed letter she wrote to her veterinarian. Three travel journals in Box 4 specifically record her observations during trips taken in 2002, 2006, and 2007 to destinations including Istanbul, Greece, and Thailand. Other diaries not specifically travel diaries also record trips to Spain and other countries.


  • Creation: 1979-2016

Conditions Governing Access

The diaries are open only to researchers who sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that they will not divulge names that may be discussed in these records in relation to Janice Becker’s law practice.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Janice Malfeld Becker was born to Anna May Niedermann Malfeld and Donald W. Malfeld in 1940 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Becker was the oldest of five children. A first-generation college student, she earned her BA in history from the University of Iowa in 1966 and her JD from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1979. She married George E. Becker, a microbiology professor at UI, in 1968. Janice Becker practiced law in Iowa City and Coralville until shortly before her death in 2017. She was active in the community, including serving as president of the Iowa City School District Transition Services Community Agency Parent Teacher Organization and as president of the Johnson County Humane Society. Becker also served on the University of Iowa Animal and Care Committee and the Coralville/Iowa City Animal Control Advisory Committee.


20.40 linear inches

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Iowa City attorney who was active in community organizations, including those related to animal welfare.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1593) were donated by Janice Becker’s sister Lynn Malfeld in 2019.

Heather Cooper, 2019
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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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