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Guide to the Carrie Lindahl papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1875-2001
Creator: Lindahl, Carrie (1887-1977)
Extent: 1.25 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0638
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Rural Linn County banker who worked outside of the home from 1910s to 1960s.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 601) were donated by Frances Graham in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Preferred Citation: Carrie Lindahl 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

Carrie Henderson Lindahl was born in northern Linn County, Iowa, May 17, 1887, the fifth of eleven children of farmers Thomas and Minnie Willis Henderson. Carrie Henderson helped with child raising, farming, and household chores. She attended Coggon High School, and in 1904 was the first among her siblings to graduate from high school. She remained on the family farm after graduating, becoming proficient on the piano. She married high school classmate Frank Lindahl on June 29, 1909 and moved into town. She joined the Coggon Christian Church shortly after marriage and was an active member and church organist for many years. She was severely ill after delivering a stillborn daughter and had no further children. Instead, the Lindahls took an active part in raising the Henderson nieces and nephews. Her niece Frances Hill boarded with her while attending high school.

She and her husband Frank Lindahl clerked in the Coggon grocery store before joining the staff of Coggon State Bank. In 1927, Carrie Lindahl handled the billing for the Coggon Municipal Water System. When the Coggon bank failed in 1932, they moved to Marion, where Frank Lindahl worked for the Commercial Bank. Three years later he found employment at the North Linn Savings Bank in Walker. In 1946, the Lindahls organized the Walker State Bank where Carrie Lindahl worked for many years. After the death of her husband in 1961, Carrie Lindahl returned to Coggon and lived near her sister. She died in a care facility in 1977. Additional biographical information is located in the biographical information folder and in the "Henderson Family History" by Frances Graham.

The Carrie Lindahl papers date from 1875 to 2001 and measure 1.25 linear feet.  The collection consists primarily of the handwritten, daily diaries written by Lindahl from 1933 to 2001.  Other items of note are essays Lindahl wrote for the Coggon Ladies' Literary Society during the 1920s, art cards and mementos from the 1920s, and letters to her niece in the 1960s.

Browse by Series:
Series 2: DIARIES

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Box 1:
  • Letter, Adolf Pettersen to August Lindahl [in Norwegian], 13 Nov. - 1875
  • Biographical information - 2001
  • Henderson Family History, by Frances Graham - 1988
  • Cards - 1921-1965
  • Cards and mementos, undated
  • Cards and travel souvenirs - 1927-1951
  • Travel diary - 1928
  • Outgoing correspondence - 1964-1971
  • Coggon ladies literary society topical reports - 1923
  • Physician and hospital bills - 1913-1926
  • Red Cross certificates and rationing documents - 1940-1949
  • Order of Eastern Star receipts - 1922-1972
  • Fiftieth Anniversary album [includes photograph] - 1959
  • Church materials - 1960-1962
  • Photographic negatives, Undated
  • Box 3:
  • Christmas card record - 1949-1957
  • Birthday card record - 1920-1960
  • Series 2: DIARIES
  • Box 1:
  • Chronological - 1940
  • Box 2:
  • Chronological (1 vol.) - 1933-1939
  • Chronological (14 vols.) [1943 partial and disassembled] - 1941-1955
  • Box 3:
  • Chronological (11 vols.) - 1956-1966