PAPERS, 1901-2006 and undated

(bulk 1931-1956)

6 linear inches (24 volumes)



 ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 245) were donated by Grace I. Spindler, Brant's daughter, in 1994, and by Gordon and Betty Gail Brant in 2008.

ACCESS: The papers are open for research.

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

PROCESSED BY: Jennifer Holden, 1995.



         Alice Sophia Brant was born in 1882 to Edward Oren and Ida Josephine Paine. She later married Herb Brant and had seven children: Morris, Russell, Naomi, Randall, Lucile, Grace, and Gordon. Brant and her family kept a daily log of activities during their quarantine for smallpox in 1921. Brant kept diaries of daily activities and events over a twenty-five year span (1932-1956), during which time she kept house, raised her children, and assisted her husband with his management of a funeral home on Oelwein, Iowa. She died in Rochester, Minnesota in 1956.  

Scope and Content Note

         The Alice Sophia Brant papers date from 1901 to 2006 and measure 6 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Diaries and Family information.

         The Diaries series (1921, 1932-1956) consists of twenty-four bound calendar books containing daily entries written by Brant. These volumes span the years 1932 to 1956, with the exception of 1945. Also included is the diary of Naomi Brant, Alice Brant's eldest daughter, which chronicles the Brant family's activities while quarantined for small pox in 1921.

         The Family Information series (1901-2006 and undated) contains a transcription of Naomi Brant's diary, a biographical sketch of E.O. Paine, Alice's father, as well as a list of names and relations referred to in Alice Brant's diaries. Several copies of photographs of members of the Brant family are also included.

            IWA printed works collection:

            Her Name Was Alice: Diary of Alice Sophia Paine Brant, 1932-1956    F629 .044B7  1995

Box no. Description   

Box 1
                               1921 (Naomi Brant)
                       Family information and photographs
1901-2006 and undated