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PHOTOGRAPHS, 1902 - 2008
QUANTITY: 2.5 linear inches

Acquisition: The photographs (donor no. 998) were donated by Estefanía Rodríguez in 2007.

The papers are open for research.
Copyright: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Preferred Citation:
Box 1, Estefanía Joyce Rodríguez Photographs, Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Photographs: In Box 1.
Audiovisual: None.

Processed by: Janet Weaver, 2008.

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Estefanía "Stef" Joyce Rodríguez was born in Bettendorf, Iowa, on October 30, 1923 to Muggie Adams Rodríguez and Norberto Rodríguez.  Norberto Rodríguez, was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and migrated to the United States in 1910 at the age of seventeen.  He met Muggie Adams, an African American woman from Alabama, in the coal mining community of Lovilia, Iowa, where the couple married in 1919.  The family lived in south central Iowa coal mining towns such as Albia and Centerville until 1923, when they moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, after Norberto Rodríguez secured work in the foundry of the Bettendorf Company. The Rodríguez family lived in Holy City, a predominately Mexican settlement near the Bettendorf Company, from 1924 to 1937, when they moved to Davenport, Iowa. During these years, Steff Rodríguez often worked in the onion fields of nearby Pleasant Valley with her siblings and friends.

Stef Rodríguez attended school until the tenth grade and later worked in local factories including the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II.  She raised eleven children, seven sons and four daughters.  Her oldest son, Norbert Simmons, a U.S. Marine Sergeant, was killed in Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1966.

Stef Rodríguez was an active member of the Davenport council of the League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC Council 10, and served for many years as secretary to the organization. In later years, she returned to school to complete her education and received her GED in 1992.  Estefania Joyce Rodríguez passed away on March 16, 2008.

Scope and Content Note

The Estefanía Joyce Rodríguez photographs date from 1902 to 2008 and measure 2.5 linear inches.  This collection consists of over 150 photographs, mostly black and white, that illuminate the history of Stef Rodríguez's extended family in Alabama, Iowa, and Mexico.  Most of the photographs have been identified and this information is contained in a comprehensive index to the photographs.  Many of the photographs have been digitized.  Newspaper clippings, including Stef Rodríguez's obituary, can be found in the biographical information folder.

The collection contains several photographs of Stef Rodríguez's mother's family (the Adams family) from Alabama.  These include photographs of Muggie Adams Rodríguez's brother, Milton Monroe Adams, known as "Uncle Bud," and her sister Adeline Adams Rowlett, known as "Aunt Tiny."  The collection includes photographs of Muggie Adams' first two children, Herman Glenn Rodríguez and Nestora Rivera Rodríguez, as well as the children of Muggie and Norberto Rodríguez. 

Some of the photographs in the collection were taken in Iowa communities such as Holy City, Bettendorf, Davenport and coal mining towns of south central Iowa including Buxton; others were taken in Alabama, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Panama Canal Zone.  


Related Collections

An oral history interview was conducted with Estefanía Rodríguez in August 2005 for the Mujeres Latinas project of the Iowa Women's Archives.  It is shelved in the Mujeres Latinas Oral History collection [AC1033-AC1034].

Box List

Box 1
Biographical information
Newspaper clippings, 1992 -2008


Photocopies and index to photos
Adams family
Alabama relatives, 1900s-1960s
Monroe Milton Adams ( "Uncle Bud"), 1910-1930 and undated
Adeline Adams Rowlett ("Aunt Tiny"), 1920s
Dancy family, 1940s
Muggie Belva Adams
Herman Glenn Rodríguez, 1920s and undated
Nestora Rivera Rodríguez, 1920s
Norberto and Muggie Rodríguez, Bettendorf, 1923-1929
Norberto and Muggie Rodríguez, Davenport, 1940s
Rodríguez, Camila and Estefanía (sisters of Norberto), Mexico, undated
Estefanía Rodríguez family, 1950s-2000
Taverns, Milwaukee, 1950s
General and unidentified, 1900s-1940s

For more information about this collection contact the Iowa Women's Archives.

Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City IA 52242.
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