Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa

 

INEZ CHRISTEN (1906-1999)

PAPERS, 1922-2000
6 linear inches

 

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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Inez Christen Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 


Collection Overview

 
Acquisition:
The diaries (donor no. 694) were donated by Glen Christen in 2000 and subsequent years.
 
 
Access:
The diaries are open for research.
 
  Electronic file: Diary transcripts, 1922-1999. [3.5 floppy disc ASCII electronic, 2001-2005]; 1 CD [d0032]  
 
Copyright:
Copyright has been retained by the donor.
 
 
Processed by:
Doris Malkmus, 2001. [ChristenInez.doc]
 

Biography

Inez Lucille Chase Christen, born November 26, 1906, was the second of seven children of Willis and Eliza Chase of rural Fayette County. Although active and successful as a student at Volga High School, she left before graduating, finding work as a hired girl at the Probert farm, just across the Volga River from the farm of her parents. She worked for the Proberts from 1926 until her marriage in 1941 to the neighboring farmer, Will Christen. They rented farms before buying a farm in the Elgin area in 1947 where they raised four sons, David, Paul, Glen, and Louis Christen. They retired to Elgin. Inez Christen died August 18, 1999.

Scope and Content Note

The Inez Christen diaries consist of transcripts of diaries that date from 1922 to 1999 and measure 6 linear inches. Glen Christen transcribed the diaries over many years. The original diaries are in his possession. They recount the day by day activities of a hired girl on a northeast Iowa farm during the late 1920s and 1930s. The later diaries detail the daily routines and exceptional events of raising children on a farm in the 1940s and 1950s. They reveal the hard work of a hired girl and farm woman, as well as shopping trips and other entertainments in town and automobile vacations around the state. They also describe frequent socializing with nearby friends and family. World events are occasionally mentioned.


Box List

Box 1                          
  Biography, 1999-2000                    
  Diaries [typed transcriptions]                    
    1922-1925
1926-1929
1930-1932
1933-1935
1936-1939
1940-1944
1945-1948
1949-1952
1953-1956
1957-1960
1961-1963
1964-1966
1967-1970
1971-1974
1975-1980
1981-1983
1984-1987

           
                           
Box 2                          
  Diaries [typed transcriptions]                    
    1988-1991
1993-1999
                     
  Computer disks                    

 


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