Flora L. Bailey Papers, 1939-1949

Collection Overview

Title: Flora L. Bailey Papers, 1939-1949

Record Series: MsC-16

Record Group:


Creator: Flora L. Bailey

Date: 1939-1949

Extent: 2 boxes (0.834 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Helen Curtis Cole donated the materials contained in the "Memorial to Dr. Flora L. Bailey" acquisition in 1980. Professor Earle Brooks donated the rest of the materials in 1988.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Flora L. Bailey collection, 1939-1949, Manuscript Record Series MsC-16, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Flora L. Bailey (d. 1974), daughter of Charles Bailey (Head, Department of Art and Manual Arts, 1905-1943) graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1930. She taught elementary school physical education in New Jersey and developed an interest in Navajo culture. Bailey earned her Ph.D. from New York University. Her publications about the Navajo include two pamphlets, "Navaho Foods and Cooking Methods" (1940) and "Navaho Motor Habits" (1942). She also wrote two novels, Summer at Yellow Singer's and Between the Four Mountains. Bailey additionally authored numerous articles which were published by the American Anthropologist, the University of New Mexico Press, and the Peabody Museum.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of material relating to the pamphlets, "Navaho Foods and Cooking Methods" (1940) and "Navaho Motor Habits" (1942). Please note that the collection's control file contains biographical information about Bailey and information about the memorial collection. Please ask SC&UA staff for access.



Correspondence, drafts, and illustrations


Reviews and news clippings.

Processing Information

Finding aid coded by Library Assistant Susan A. Basye, February 1998; updated, January 23, 2015 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.