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Klink Family papers

 Collection — Folder: SCVF
Identifier: IWA1327

Scope and Contents

The Klink Family papers date from 2017 and measure 0.25 linear inches the Small Collection Vertical File. The papers contain a memoir titled “Searching for Nathan: An exploration of some 20th century Chicago and Lake Geneva people and homes; uncovering genealogies, lives, and influences on a family’s immigrant ancestors.” Written in 2017 by Judith Klink, the text describes her husband’s family history and includes scans of photographs and postcards from the 1920s to 2017.


  • Creation: 2017


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

William “Bill” Hermann Klink’s parents immigrated from a German mining town to Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s. The Klinks were hired as household domestic workers for the Chicago’s Gold Coast society. They lived through the economic depressions of twentieth century America, the second world war, and a family mystery. The memoir goes into detail of the mystery of a young boy named Nathan that William’s mother took care of as a governess after immigrating to Chicago in 1924.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Memoir written by Judith Klink describing her husband’s family history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1677) were donated by Judith Klink in 2023.

Emma Barton-Norris, 2023.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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