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Guide to the Marie Tener Havel papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1931-1997
Creator: Havel, Marie Tener (1910-)
Extent: 2.50 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0336
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Nurse who worked in Missouri in the 1930s and at the University of Iowa Hospitals from 1948 to 1965.

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.460 ) were donated by Marie Havel in 1997.

Preferred Citation: Marie Tener Havel 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

Marie Tener was born May 24, 1910 to John Wesley Tener and Bertha Mable Carr Tener in Riverside, Iowa. Tener graduated from Iowa City High School in 1928 and enrolled in the University of Iowa for a year and a half before moving to Chicago to earn her nursing degree from St. Luke's Hospital.

After leaving St. Luke's in 1934, Tener was offered a job at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she was employed until 1939. She left to work at the Missouri Crippled Children's Service as a field nurse. This job required Tener to travel to the homes of disabled children in rural Missouri in order to get them to a treatment facility. Then from 1941 to 1947, Tener operated the Bloser Home for Crippled Children in Marshall, Missouri. She also filled in doing odd jobs when help was scarce. Tener left Bloser Home in 1947 and spent one year as a school nurse before moving to North Carolina. In North Carolina, Tener worked in a summer camp before gaining a position at Duke University Hospital as a surgical instructor and supervisor. However, she worked there only six months before returning to Iowa to care for her sick mother.

In June 1948, Tener found work at the University of Iowa Hospitals. During her seventeen years at the University of Iowa, Tener became director of nursing services. Marie Tener left the University of Iowa Hospitals in 1965 when she married George Havel. The Havels moved to a farm where they raised crops and livestock and grew timber. After her husband died in 1983, Havel moved from the farm into the Riverside Senior Village. From 1984 to 1986, Havel donated her time to writing a weekly article titled the "Village Voice" for the Riverside Current. As of 1997, Havel was still living in Iowa City.

The Marie Tener Havel papers date from 1931 to 1997 and measure 2.5 linear inches.  The papers consist primarily of biographical materials and writings by Havel.

The Biographical materials include educational information, appointment papers, affidavit of birth and family history and other papers for application to the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Correspondence consists primarily of job offers and letters to Havel upon her retirement, as well as accounts by Marie Tener and Marian Aspley of driving from Riverside, Iowa to Minneapolis in the Armistice Day blizzard of November 11, 1940. The "History of Memorial Windows in the Trinity United Methodist Church, Riverside, Iowa," (1994) written by Havel, provides brief histories of the families honored by the thirteen stained glass windows, including Tener's ancestors.

"Memories" (1997) is a memoir by Marie Tener Havel about her years as a nurse, notably those years spent as a field nurse in Missouri and at the University of Iowa Hospitals. The Newspaper clippings include her wedding announcement as well as articles about the University Hospitals and conferences she attended.  The Speeches include Tener's "What others expect of you," given at the St. Luke's capping ceremony in 1958. 

The Photographs (1931-1965) include Tener as a young nurse, as a field nurse in Missouri, at the University of Iowa, and with her husband.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Biographical materials about Marie Tener Havel - 1936-1965
  • Correspondence - 1941-1990
  • History of Memorial Windows in the Trinity United Methodist Church, Riverside, Iowa by Marie Tener Havel - 1994
  • Memories by Marie Havel - 1997
  • Newspaper clippings - 1950-1996
  • Speeches - 1958
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Ninety years of Progress in serving Iowans, 1898-1988" - 1988
  • Photographs - 1931-1965