IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
NOBLE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS AND PAPERS, 1870s-1970s (bulk 1900-1920)
5 linear feet
The photographs and papers (donor no.150) were donated by Mary Noble in 1993 and succeeding years.
The photographs and papers are open for research.
Copyright information is not available.
Natalie S. Brody in 1997-1998; Kären M. Mason, 5/3/2000 [Word 7 Noble.doc]
Mary Noble, a librarian and collector of historical photographs, was born in Berwyn, Illinois in 1945. She attended the Riceville, Iowa public schools, graduating from Riceville Community High School in 1963. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Iowa in 1967 and her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Iowa in 1968. She was hired as a cataloger by the University of Iowa Libraries in 1968 and continued to work there through the next 3+ decades. She began collecting historical photographs in the 1980s, purchasing them at antique stores, photograph shows, and flea markets. After the Iowa Women's Archives opened in 1992 she began donating photographs to the archives, with special attention to images of women and by women photographers.
Scope and Content Note
The Mary Noble Photograph Collection consists of postcards, cabinet cards, panoramic photographs, and various other types of photographs. Also included are papers that complement the collection, including information about Iowa photographers, and miscellaneous printed material. The collection is arranged in eight series: Professional women photographers in Iowa; Professional photographers in Iowa--Other; Photographic postcards; Photographs: various formats; Photographs: oversize; Glass negatives; Printed material; and Artifacts and miscellaneous items.
The first two series, Also included is some biographical information about individual women photographers, an article by Mary Noble entitled “Iowa’s Women Professional Photographers,” published in Books at Iowa (November 1996); and information on professional photographers in Iowa compiled by Joann Burgess.Professional women photographers in Iowa and Professional photographers in Iowa--Other consist for the most part of studio portraits in the form of cabinet cards.
The next four series have been arranged by format and size in order to facilitate storage, and are organized by subject within each series. These series are: Photographic postcards; Photographs: various formats; Photographs: oversize; and Glass negatives. The Photographic postcards are primarily amateur photographs printed as postcards. Many have messages written on the reverse. and photographs in a variety of formats depicting life in Iowa. The postcards, as well as the Photographs: various formats and Photographs: oversize depict buildings, street scenes, groups, recreational activities, and other aspects of life in Iowa. The Glass negatives consist of twenty-one glass negatives apparently taken by Otto F. Ney of Waukon in about 1908, depicting family and friends, as well as Waukon buildings.
Printed material includes souvenir cards given out by teachers to their students in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; booklets and brochures published by businesses and women's organizations; trade cards of Iowa businesses; and campaign cards of Verna O'Connor, who ran for county office in Garber, Iowa, in 1928 and 1932. Also in this series are several items published by the African-American printer W.E. Patten of Des Moines, including cardboard fans printed as advertisements. A 1940 Negro Business and Information Directory published by the Negro Business and Information Directory [published by Negro Chamber of Commerce, Des Moines], 1940, and a 73rd Anniversary Booklet and Program, 1872-1945 published by the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Des Moines provide considerable information on African Americans in Des Moines in the 1940s.
Artifacts and miscellaneous items consists of an autograph book, a Woman's Home Missionary Society ribbon, and a packet of sewing machine needles given out as an advertisement by Mrs. M. L. Johnson of Britt, Iowa.
Box no. Description
Professional women photographers in Iowa
Noble, Mary L. “Iowa’s Women Professional Photographers,” Books at Iowa, November 1996
Identification numbers (Jo Ann Burgess)
Photographs and related information [arranged by photographer]
Ayers, Mrs. W.C. (Esthervillle)
Bellamy, Miss (Indianola)
Benfer, Emma and Eva (Cambridge)
Berger, Mrs. (Elgin)
Briel, Julia (Des Moines)
Panoramic photographs [oversize: in boxes 11-13]
Cutler, Viola (Creston)
Diggs, Mrs. M.E. (Earlham)
Fawcett, Inez (Shellsburg)
Findlay, Emma (Dysart)
Fleming, Jennie (Council Bluffs)
Frush, Mrs. R.T. (New Hampton)
Hall, Mida (Woodbine)
Harvey, Mrs. H.P. (Maquoketa)
Jefferson, Lilian (Woodbine)
Johnson, C.M. (Emmetsburg)
Lane, Mrs. H.M. (Columbus Junction)
Lyon, Ms. D.D. (Woodbine)
Merriam. Sarah H. (Sigourney)
Merrill, Mrs. E.J. (Oskaloosa)
Mudge, Kate Raymond (Randalia)
Newville, Nora (Maxwell)
Parsons and Bates, Misses (Iowa Falls)
Pomeroy, Miss L.E. (Independence)
Raimbold, Mrs. (Marshalltown)
Robinson, Mrs. (Fort Madison)
Rossiter, Elizabeth and Matilda (St. Ansgar)
Schaefer, Mary J. and Lida S. (Clarion)
Schooley, Mrs. L.A. (Indianola)
Schooonover, Mrs. M.J. (Vinton)
Shepard, Idalene (Waukon)
Stone, Mrs. Anna (Marion)
Storaker, Dora (Roland)
Strom, Marie (Sheldahl)
Warner, Birdia (Brighton)
Weigel, Mary (Dyersville)
Young sister (Winfield )
Professional photographers in Iowa: Other
Cabinet cards and cartes de visites [to be arranged by photographer]
Other formats [to be arranged by subject]
Photographic postcards [to be arranged by subject]
Photographs: various formats [to be arranged by subject]
Photographs: oversize [to be arranged by subject]
Adeline on couch.
Bessie and Gerty playing croquet. Taken by Ernist T.
Ernist and Adeline and horse.
Ernist and lamb.
Ernist in chair. Taken by me.
Gerty and Bessie sitting on ground by our house. Taken by Ernist T.
Home. With Lader [sic] on porch.
Ma and Lizz washing, Monday morning.
[Man and woman sitting on grass]
Otto F. Ney [and] horse
Our bunch. By Ernist on fourth of July 1908.
Waukon, Iowa, buildings
Allamakee Street. Looking south from O. Hagen House. Taken from Center Street.
City Hall. Taken from Park NW.
Court house. Across street.
Jail. Across street.
Methodist Episcopal Church. Taken from SW.
Norwegian Church. Taken from SW.
Public School. E. Side.
Sister School. Corner of Streets.
Anamosa District Fair: Children's admission card, 1899
Campaign cards: Verna M. O'Connor, Garber, Iowa, 1928, 1932
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 150, Burlington Iowa, Ladies Auxiliary: Membership Yearbook, 1972/72
Hawkeye Natives Ladies Auxiliary, Burlington, Iowa: History, 1925
Iowa Children's Home Society: meeting notice
Killian Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Employes' Manual, 1921
Advertisement for Sweet-Orr Women's Overalls, undated
Negro Business and Information Directory [published by Negro Chamber of Commerce, Des Moines], 1940
Fans [with business advertisements]
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Des Moines: 73rd Anniversary Booklet and Program, 1872-1945
Teacher souvenirs, 1873/74-1913
Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Iowa
Benedict Home, 1932
Brochure [with pledge], 1996?
The Crusade Anniversary, 1874-1934 [comp. Anna Marden DeYo]
Inventory of records held by WCTU of Iowa, 1996?
"Modern Day Jericho Walk," by Jeanne Lillig, 1995 [re: illegal drugs' effect on Des Moines neighborhood]
Artifacts and miscellaneous items
Autograph book, 1884-1903
Sewing machine needle packet and advertisement, Mrs. M. L. Johnson, Britt, Iowa
Ribbon: Woman's Home Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church, New London, Iowa, May 5-6-7, 1916
Box 11 Oversize: Panoramic photographs by Julia Briel
Iowa State Teachers College, Extension summer School, 1926
Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 59th annual state convention, 1932
Des Moines, Iowa
American Institute of Business, Des Moines
Great Council of Iowa, ORM and D of P, 1928
Iowa Cooperative Live Stock Shippers, 1929
Iowa House of Representatives, 44th General Assembly, 1931
Iowa Manufacturers of Carbonated Beverages, 1928
Iowa Pharmaceutical Association, 1931
Box 11 Oversize: Panoramic photographs by Julia Briel (cont.)
Belvidere, Illinois: National Sewing Machine Co., 1925
Polishing and plating department
Des Moines, Iowa (cont.)
Jensen Motor Company, 1929
Letter carriers, 1930
Rexalites of Iowa, 1927 (4)
Rex's Band, Des Moines, 1924
SF of A, 22nd annual meeting, 1930
St. John's School, 1921
Bayless College, 1925
Holy Trinity School, 1922
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Tobin Business College, 1924
Retail Grocers Association, Dubuque, 1925
Incarnate Word Academy, High School Department, 1925
La Crosse, Wisconsin
La Crosse Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1928
Briel with pilot Archie Peterson and Mayor A. H. Beecher 1922
Luthe Hardware Co., picnic, 1920
Unidentified photographs (10)
National Sewing Machine Company, 1925
Des Moines, Iowa
Allis-Chalmers Monarch Tractor School, Dukehart Machinery Company, 1931
American Institute of Business, Des Moines 
Des Moines University: faculty and students, 1928 (6)
Federal, State, County and City Employees, first annual picnic, State Fairgrounds
P.O. employees and Auxiliaries convention, Des Moines, 1930
University of Commerce, Des Moines, 1930 (4)
Mount St. Joseph College, 1925
St. Mary's Commercial High School, 1924
Sisters of Mercy
Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Iowa, 54th Annual Convention, 1927
Newton Foundry employees, 1925
Storm Lake, Iowa
Camp McHenry, 1920
Box 12 (cont.) Oversize: Panoramic photographs by Julia Briel (cont.)
Illinois Refrigerator Company employees, 1925 (3)
National Sewing Machine Company, 1925
Iowa State Teachers' College Extension Summer School, 1922
East High School, 1921
F.E. and C.W. of America, Iowa Division, Ninth Annual Meeting, 1925
Striking street car men, 1925
St. Raphael's School, 1924 (2)
Marion High School, 1924
Ottumwa High School, 1924
Webster City, Iowa
Webster City Junior High School, 1924
La Crosse, Wisconsin
State Normal School faculty and students, 1923
State Normal Summer Session, 1924
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Field Mass of the Mississippi Anniversary 250th year, Campion College, 1923?
Iowa National Guard Encampment, 1930
Savanna Boys' Band
Map cabinet Oversize:
Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Iowa, Executive Committee of the 12th Annual Meeting, Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 13-16,1885