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Mary Dieterich Papers

Date: 1913-1970


Title: Mary Dieterich. Papers, 1913-1970

Archives Record Series: 22/10/10

Creator: Mary Dieterich

Date: 1913-1970

Extent: 0.417 linear feet, 1 box, 10 folders

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Access and Use: No restrictions. Materials are open for research. Some material fragile.

Preferred citation: ​[Identification of item], in the Mary Dieterich Papers, 1913-1970, Archives Record Series 22/10/10, [folder number or title], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Scope and Content: The Mary Dieterich papers consist of correspondence dated from 1952-1970, work-related material, photographs from her retirement party in 1970, ledger books from early in her career, class notes from when she was a student, and drawing and watercolors created in 1913-1914.

Historical Note:

Mary Dieterich Portrait

         Mary Dieterich

Mary Dieterich was born at Marengo, Iowa, on February 16, 1902.  She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1920, and in 1925 received her A. B. degree from Grinnell College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  After teaching three years in the Brookings, South Dakota, high school, she attended the library school at Columbia University as a Lydia Roberts fellow, receiving her B. S. L. S. degree in 1929.

After serving one year as acting reference librarian at Grinnell, she came to the Iowa State Teachers College library in 1930 as a cataloger, but became reference librarian in 1946, in which capacity she served until her retirement.  In 1964 she also assumed responsibility for the archives collection.

She was actively involved in the university as a whole, serving on the Committee on Administration of Faculty Personnel from 1951 to 1954, and was elected to the Faculty Senate for terms totaling fifteen years between 1952 and her retirement, which is probably the longest tenure of any senator.

It is unknown when or by whom these papers were donated. Their original order has been retained.


Folder 1: Letters received

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1952-1965

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1966-1968

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1969-1970

Folder 5: Disposition of items not retained (written on the folder itself)

Folder 6: Parliamentary procedures

Folder 7:

  • Inventory material for the archives, prepared by Fred Cram, 1947
  • Miscellaneous lists
  • News clippings

Folder 8: Brochures and reports concerning archives

Folder 9: Photographs from Miss Diererich’s retirement party, 1970

Folder 10:

  • 2 ledger books (list of school expenses)
  • Cards for card catalog
  • Class notes from when she was a student, 1915
  • Notebook of drawings and watercolors, 1913-1914

Collection processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, September 2017. Updated October 2017 (dh).

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University of Northern Iowa 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-3675 
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