Guide to the Beulah Wiederrecht papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1946-1995
Creator: Wiederrecht, Beulah (1905-1983)
Extent: 4.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0508
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Correspondence between Wapello farm woman and two Polish families after World War II.

Administrative Information

Access: The papers are open for research with the exception of the correspondence which is closed until January 15, 2041.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 882) were donated by H. Elaine Lindgren in 2007.

Preferred Citation: Beulah Wiederrecht papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Biographical Note

Beulah Minder Wiederrecht, a teacher and homemaker, was born in 1905 to Hannah and John Minder on their farm near Muscatine, Iowa. She began teaching in a country school at age eighteen, and later, after receiving a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa), taught in the Wapello public schools. In 1931 she married Kenneth Wiederrecht and retired from teaching. The couple lived on a farm near Wapello, Iowa, and had two daughters: Lois and Elaine. After World War II, relief agencies solicited clothing and other items for the European victims of World War II. Beulah Wiederrecht donated some clothing, and the families who received it wrote to thank her. Wiederrecht located a Polish woman living in Burlington, Iowa, who translated the letters for her, and thus began a four-year correspondence between Wiederrecht and the two Polish families. Wiederrecht maintained a lifelong interest in world affairs, taught Sunday school, and was a 4-H leader for many years. Beulah Wiederrecht died in 1983.

Content Description

The Beulah Wiederrecht papers date from 1946 to circa 1995 and measure 4 linear inches. The papers consist of an unpublished essay written by Wiederrecht's daughter, sociologist H. Elaine Lindgren, that analyzes the correspondence between Wiederrecht and two Polish families after World War II, and the documents that formed the basis for the essay. Those documents include the original Polish letters, the translations of those letters, notes written by the translator, letters written by Beulah Wiederrecht to the Przybysz and Zwingeta families in Poland, and a few newspaper articles about the translator's life story. Lindgren's essay seeks to show "the possibility of establishing primary ties, even with strangers, in order to reestablish a sense of order in chaotic circumstances.

Related Materials

Land in Her Own Name by H. Elaine Lindgren shelved in the IWA printed works collection  [F636 L56 1991].

Detailed Description of the Collection

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Personal Names:
Wiederrecht, Beulah, 1905-1983
Lindgren, H. Elaine

20th century

Rural women
War relief
War victims


Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Wapello

Genre/Form of Materials:
Personal papers

Family Names:
Przybysz family
Zwingeta family

Rural and Farm Women