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Guide to the Birdie Sears papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1875-2013
Creator: Sears, Birdie (1861-1938)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0903
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Autograph book and genealogy of 19th century Iowa woman.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 219) were donated by Karen Mason in 2013.

Preferred Citation: Birdie Sears 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

Bertha "Birdie" Sears Murphy was born to Isaac and Nancy Sears in Davenport, Iowa, in 1861, the sixth of seven children. She married George Holmes Murphy, a civil engineer, in 1893; they had one daughter, Adah, in 1896. Birdie Sears died in 1938.

The Birdie Sears papers date from 1875 to 2013 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The focal point of the collection is Sears' childhood autograph book from 1875. Sears' friends and family autographed its pages, and in subsequent years, Sears annotated the book with quick "updates" on her friends' marriages and whereabouts. She also included newspaper clippings, business cards, event invitations, dried flowers, and short diary entries inside the book.

Browse by Series:

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Box 1:
  • Autograph book
  • Ancestry records
  • Kate Baldwin - 1875-1885
  • Frederick Pomeroy Bemis
  • Carrie Bennett
  • Ernest Bennett
  • Estelle Bennett
  • Stella Earle Braddon
  • Jules and Hattie Delescaille
  • George Sears Dow
  • Josiah Dow
  • Nancy Sears Dow
  • Forrest F. Downs
  • Frances "Jannie" Davison Ficke
  • John James
  • Emilie "Millie" Krause
  • Jennie Richardson Lane
  • Bertha "Birdie" Sears Murphy
  • Agnes Campbell Nadler
  • Sarah Newton
  • Nellie Norton
  • Gilbert L. Parker
  • William C. Rowse
  • Alexander Williams
  • Ada Wright
  • Miscellaneous notes
  • Notes from Mary Noble - 2013

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.