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Guide to the Sister Mary Dominica Urbany papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1866-1936
Creator: Urbany, Sister Mary Dominica (1864-1936)
Extent: 8.00 items.
Collection Number: IWA0692
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and a missionary to China from 1928 to 1936.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The papers are open for research.

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

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 389) were donated by Dorothy Clark in 1996.

Preferred Citation: Sister Mary Dominica Urbany 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

Born in Hobscheid, Luxemburg, Germany, Anna Urbany immigrated with her sister Mary to Festina, Iowa, in 1871 after herparents died. In 1876, at the age of approximately thirteen, she entered St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin as a member ofthe Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, where she took the name Sister Mary Dominica Urbany. She served as thefirst Sister Superior at the St. Angela Institute (now Kuemper High School at Carroll, Iowa) for ten years. Sister Mary Dominica Urbany then left the United States to pursue missionary work in China until her death in 1936.

The Sister Mary Dominica Urbany papers date from 1866 to 1936 and contain 8 items.  The papers consist chiefly of photocopies of letters written by Sister Mary Dominica Urbany to her family while she was in China. Two newspaper clippings and a tribute to Sister Mary Dominica Urbany written by her students as she left for China are also included.

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