IOWA WOMEN'S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA



HELEN BAMFORD (1902-1994)

PAPERS, 1911-1994

1.1 linear feet


ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 274) were donated by Mary Zoller in 1995.

ACCESS: The papers are open for research.

ARTIFACTS: In box 3.

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

PHOTOGRAPHS: In boxes 1, 2, and 3.

PROCESSED BY: Natalie S. Brody, 1995.

Biography

         Helen Bamford was born on November 16, 1902, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Frank and Mary Dietrick Bamford. She spent her entire life in Muscatine except for five years in California as a young child. Bamford graduated in 1920 from Muscatine High School and started in the photography business as a receptionist at the J. A. Chamberlin studio in 1924. It was there that she learned the profession. In 1949 she opened her own studio. She specialized in portrait photography and won many awards, including the Medlar Award for Iowa's best portrait in 1968. She was a member of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Iowa and Southeast Iowa Photographers. Bamford retired in 1978 and died in 1994.

Scope and Content Note

         The Helen Bamford papers date from 1911 to 1994 and measure 1.1 linear feet. The papers are arranged in four series: Biographical information, Professional photography, Photographs, and Artifacts.

         The Biographical information series (1926-1994, scattered) includes newspaper clippings about Bamford, her obituaries, and diaries from the years 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1989. Account books including household, charity, and medical expenses, and miscellaneous notes in spiral notebooks complete the series.

         Bamford's professional career as a photographer is detailed in the series Professional photography (1949-1980) which includes information about the awards she received, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings about her studio, as well as a number of studio portraits.

         ThePhotographs series (1913-1994) includes two albums of family snapshots from the years 1913 to 1941 and various photos of the Bamford family.The Photographs series (1913-1994) includes two albums of family snapshots from the years 1913 to 1941 and various photos of the Bamford family.The Photographs series (1913-1994) includes two albums of family snapshots from the years 1913 to 1941 and various photos of the Bamford family.

         A Photography Hall of Fame medal and miscellaneous nametags comprise the Artifacts series (1967, 1969 and undated).

Box no. Description

Box 1
                       Biographical information

                               Certificates and diplomas, 1911, 1916, 1920 [shelved in map case]
                               General, 1926-1994, scattered
                               Diaries
                                   1970, 1981
                                   1983, 1989
                               Notes and household account books, 1981-1989 and undated
                               Account books, 1976-1994 (scattered)

 

                       Professional Photography
                               Awards, 1957-1980
                               Bamford Studio, 1949-1964
                               Studio portraits
                                   Undated [shelved in map case]

Box 2
                       Photographs
                               Family albums
                                   1913, 1918, 1924-1932
                                   1932-1941

Box 3
                                   Helen Bamford, family and friends, undated
                                   Helen Bamford [shelved in map case]

                       Artifacts, 1967, 1969 and undated