IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
GENEVIEVE BUESS TAYLOR (1929- )
1 linear inch
The papers (donor no.
481) were donated by Genevieve Taylor in 1997.
papers are open for research.
held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Richardson, 2003. [TaylorGenevieve.doc]
Dorothy Mills, born December 30,
1897, attended Iowa State Teachers College
in Cedar Falls, Iowa, acquiring a one-year college diploma
on August 29, 1919. Mills married Erwin Joseph Buess, a barnstorming pilot from
on December 27, 1922. They settled down in Coggan, Iowa
where he established an automobile garage business. Their daughter, Genevieve
Buess, born September 23, 1929, attended Coe
College in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa for one year and then
graduated from the University
of Iowa with a degree in
elementary education. She taught in the Iowa City School District
for seventeen years. On June 6, 1948, Genevieve Buess married Oren Jay Taylor,
the son of Edward E. and Leona P. Taylor. Oren Jay Taylor, originally named
Laurell Mork, is the son adopted by the Taylors
on November 25, 1924, at The Willows Maternity Sanitarium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Scope and Content Note
The Genevieve Taylor papers date from
1916 to 1997 and measure 1 linear inch.
The papers include a paper on equal suffrage written for an English
class by Dorothy Mills, dated March 24, 1916. Included also is correspondence
between the secretary in charge of adoptions at The Willows Maternity
Sanitarium in Kansas City, Missouri and Mrs. Edward E. Taylor; 2 laboratory
reports on the adoptee, Laurel Mork, from a pathologist, Dr. D.E. Stewart; a
receipt for the adoption process which includes payment for two baby bottles,
total cost, 28 dollars; and a card giving statistics of the newborn and the
adoptee’s new parents. There is also a document from the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Missouri in Kansas City,
verifying the adoption, dated January 3,1925, a duplicate of same; a document
verifying the adoption from the District Court in Benton County, Iowa
is also included. There are two letters
from Leona P. Taylor, the adoptee’s mother. One is to the Willows Maternity
Sanitarium requesting a birth certificate for the baby, dated April 12, 1977.
That letter was returned as undeliverable. A letter from Leona P. Taylor dated
April 16, 1977, is directed to Jay and Genevieve Taylor enclosing the returned
letter and other information about the adoption. There are two brief essays written by Genevieve
Taylor dated November 1997. One describes the trip Leona Petro Taylor (the
adoptee’s new mother) made to Kansas
City to pick up the adopted baby; the other provides
background information about Dorothy Mills Buess. A memoir written by her husband completes the