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Guide to the Jerry Yocum papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1997
Creator: Yocum, Jerry (1923-)
Extent: .50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0704
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Transcript of the diary of Beulah Marie Lucas of Pocahontas, Iowa compiled by her son Jerry Yocum in 1997.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been retained by the donor and his heirs.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 449) were donated by Jerry Yocum in 1997.

Preferred Citation: Jerry Yocum 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

Beulah Marie Lucas was born in 1899 in Pocahontas, Iowa, the oldest of six children. In 1915 at age sixteen she began keeping a diary and did so for three and a half years. On September 22, 1920 she married Herman Yocum and with him raised three children. Beulah Marie Lucas Yocum died in 1990.

"The Diary of Beulah Marie Lucas written 12/25/15--5/27/19, Pocahontas, Iowa" consists of a transcript compiled by her son Jerry Yocum in 1997, with explanatory footnotes, an epilogue, and photographs. In the diary, which spans the period 1915 to 1919 and measures 0.5 linear inch, she relates many details regarding her family and the people of Pocahontas, a town of 1100 residents. Her diary reflects the "busyness" of the adolescent years, her job at the Variety Store, the devastation caused by Spanish influenza, the onset of World War I, and other societal changes.

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