»PAPERS, DATES:»1902-1973 »(bulk 1920-1960)

QUANTITY:»1.25 linear feet






The »papers (donor no. 330) were donated by »the Muscatine Art Center in 1995.


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


»In boxes 1 to 5.


Your name, year»Kristen Rassbach, 1996.




            Begin text here:»Icey Lenora Teel, a well-known reader, entertainer, lecturer, teacher, author, and playwright, was born on February 27, 1878 in Nevada, Missouri.  She moved to Iowa with her mother and sister at the age of three when her father died.  She was educated at the Ann Morgan School of Speech and Acting in Chicago, the Northwestern School of Speech and Dramatics in Evanston, Illinois, the Sargent School of Acting in New York, and the Eagan School of Acting in Los Angeles.


            Teel traveled extensively throughout the entire country for her lecture tours.  She also entertained soldiers during World War I when her regular lecture circuit was cut short.  From 1918 to 1934 Teel ran and taught speech, dramatic arts, and speech correction in her own facility, the Teel School of Expression, in Davenport, Iowa.


            Teel was married in 1934 and subsequently stopped teaching in her school to help her husband, George Harling, run his newspaper in Durant, Iowa.  Icey Harling remained at the Durant News for eighteen years as a writer and editor.


            Icey Harling died as a result of a fall on August 31, 1964 at the age of eighty-six.



Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The» Icey Lenora Teel Harling papers date from »1902 to 1973 and measure 1.25 linear feet.  The papers are arranged in two series: Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous.


            The scrapbooks (1902-1973) contain newspaper clippings from Harling's professional career, her community involvement, the activities of her students, and activities revolving around her husband and family.  The scrapbooks also contain programs from Harling's performances, those from performances sponsored by her School of Expression, and programs for her husband George Harling's band concerts.  Many letters to both Harling and her husband and photographs of them and of their family are also included.  Loose items from the scrapbooks are filed in box 5 under the title of the scrapbook. 


            The Legend Round Robin scrapbook comes from a group with which Harling was involved.  Members shared legends and stories with each other and compiled them into a notebook. 


            The Maurice Harling scrapbook was compiled by George Harling's son and contains items about his parents' lives and about his own involvement in politics.


The Miscellaneous series (1917-1962) contains several of Harling's original written works, reviews, portraits, and correspondence (1917-1971 and undated.)  Also included are brochures from the Mary Andrew Clark Home in California where Harling lived for seven years, and for Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa, where Harling entertained soldiers during World War I.

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Box 1


Icey Teel Harling


Durant Scrapbook Club, 1929-1953

Legend Round Robin, 1935-1946 [shelved in box 9]


Box 2

Former students, 1940-1962


Box 3


Reader and entertainer days, 1907-1972


Box 4

Teel School of Expression, 1923-1962


Box 5

George Harling



Box 6



Box 7



Box 8

Maurice Harling, 1925-1973


Box 9

Legend Round Robin, 1929-1946 and undated

Loose items removed from scrapbooks

Icey Teel Harling

Durant Scrapbook Club, undated

School of Expression, 1935

George Harling

1902-1967, 1961 and undated

1902-1968, 1964-1968 and undated

1939-1972, 1941-1972 and undated

Maurice Harling, 1934




Mary Andrews Clark Home, undated

Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, undated

Correspondence, 1917-1962 and undated

Newspaper clipping, 1959

"Notes about Icey," undated

Reviews of Making Faces, undated


Declaration of Independence, undated

The Life of George Frederick Handel, undated

Memorial Day Address, 1949

Photographs, 1950 and undated

Portraits, undated