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Blum, Ida



Ida Blum (1889-1980) wrote and collected material about Nauvoo and the surrounding area.

Ida Kuhn was born September 2, 1889 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Her mother passed away when she was only seven years old. Her family was Lutheran, and her new stepmother, who her father married a year after Ida's mother died, was Catholic. Ida was forced to quit school after two years of high school--her stepmother apprenticed her to a Catholic dressmaker--but she continued to read. She married Carl J. Blum on June 11, 1913. Her husband owned a store, called "Blum, Bechteld and Blum" for forty three years. Ida and Carl had two children: Arlette, born July 14, 1914, and Carl Jr., born August 1, 1916. Ida's husband Carl passed away on December 22, 1958. Ida Blum was an expert on Nauvoo's history. She wrote articles about the Mormons, Icarians (French Economic Unitarians), Germans and Swiss who lived in Nauvoo. She passed away around 1980.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Ida Blum collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1891

The Ida Blum collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, genealogical information, and research notes.

Dates: 1804-1978

Ida Blum photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 38
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 405 photographs and one daguerreotype of Nauvoo, Illinois. Includes images of buildings, as well as photographic reproductions of paintings. Original images date from between the 1850s and the 1960s.

Dates: approximately 1850-1969

Ida Blum correspondence and genealogy, 1804-1978

Identifier: MSS 1891 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains material collected by Ida Blum. Includes mostly correspondence between Ida and various people. There are miscellaneous papers and certificates included as well. Dated 1804-1978.

Dates: 1804-1978

Ida Blum diaries and historical research, 1804-1978

Identifier: MSS 1891 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains material collected by Ida Blum. Includes photographs, diaries, and papers. Most of the material is about Nauvoo and the surrounding area. Dated approximately 1804-1978.

Dates: 1804-1978

Ida Blum scrapbooks, periodicals, and other material, 1804-1978

Identifier: MSS 1891 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains materials collected and created by Ida Blum. Includes scrapbooks, photographs, periodicals, and clippings collected and compiled by Ida Blum. Most of material is about Nauvoo and the surrounding area. Dated 1804-1978.

Dates: 1804-1978

Additional filters:

Archival Object 3
Collection 2
Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History 4
Photographs 4
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 2
Icarian movement -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- Sources 2
Latter Day Saints -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- 19th century 2