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Guide to the Marjorie Bertalot Block papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1942-1998
Creator: Block, Marjorie Bertalot (1923-2007)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0385
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: My Story describes Block's training as a nurse, family life, her employment off and on the farm, and her activities in Benton County, Iowa.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 550) were donated by Marjorie Bertalot Block in 1999.

Preferred Citation: Marjorie Bertalot Block 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

Marjorie Jean Bertalot Block was born an identical twin, on July 22, 1923, in Spring Valley, Minnesota. She and her twin sister helped their father in his harness shop while schoolgirls and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941. They both entered Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in their senior year, and graduated in 1945. After graduation, Marjorie Bertalot married Alvin Block. He taught agriculture for three years before they returned to farming. In 1964, they bought a farm northwest of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Marjorie Block worked as a nurse at night, farmed during the day, and raised their children. When Alvin Block died of cancer in 1970, Marjorie Block and her children moved into the town of Vinton. She continued to work as a nurse until retiring. In recent years, she has been recognized for her activities with the American Cancer Society.

The Marjorie Bertalot Block collection consists primarily of reminiscences and measures one linear inch.  Her papers include two typescript reminiscences, 'My Story' and 'Nursing Experiences, 1942-1998.'  A flyer and a newspaper clipping concerning the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War Two and three photographs are also included.

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Series 1: Reminiscences

  • Series 1: Reminiscences
  • "My Story" and "Nursing Experiences, 1942-1998"
    Folder shelved in SCVF