Skip to content
print page header

The University of Iowa Libraries

Guide to the Sister Joyce Blum papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1994-2008
Creator: Blum, Sister Joyce (1936-)
Extent: 2.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0793
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: The papers consist primarily of her self-published writings, reflections, and poetry about her work at the Arizona State prison and on the Mexican border.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 1230) were donated by Sr. Joyce Blum in 2008.

Preferred Citation:

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Sister Joyce Blum was born in Panama, Iowa, in 1936 to Eleanora Susanna Pauley Blum and Martin Christian Blum. She was the sixth of eleven children. After graduating from St. Mary's high school in Panama, she entered St. Rose Convent where she took her final vows in 1963. She became a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) in La Crosse, Wisconsin, serving over the next fifty years as a missionary to Spanish-speaking people across the United States, El Salvador, and in Mexico. Between 1993 and 2000, she worked as a chaplain in the Arizona State Prison and then started a volunteer ministry on the Mexican border to assist migrant workers and orphans. Returning to the U.S. in 2006, she continued her work with the Spanish-speaking of Iowa, serving three parishes in the Diocese of Sioux City: Denison, Storm Lake and Carroll.

The Sister Joyce Blum papers date from 1994 to 2008 and measure 2 linear inches. The papers consist primarily of her self-published writings, reflections, and poetry about her work at the Arizona State prison and on the Mexican border.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: Personal writings

  • Series 1: Personal writings
  • Box 1:
  • Biographical material, 2007
  • "Bluming Always" - 2000
  • "Franciscan Border Journey" - 2001
  • "Prison Reflections" - 2000
  • "Just Thinking" - 2000-2001