Ida Blum collection
Scope and Contents
Collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, genealogical information, and research notes that Ida Blum created or collected whilest studying the people of Nauvoo. Materials contain her opinions and observations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and it's members and those that interacted with them. Dated circa (1804-1978).
- Blum, Ida (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open to public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ida Blum collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Ida Blum (1889-1980) wrote articles on the people of Nauvoo.
Ida Blum 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.
7 oversize boxes (11.62 linear ft.)
1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)
12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
The Ida Blum collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, genealogical information, and research notes.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1891.xml
Immediate Source of Acquisition
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Processed; Heather Christine Broomhead and John M. Murphy; 2007.
- Cemeteries -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- Sources
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Illinois -- History
- City plats
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Hancock County (Ill.)
- Icarian movement -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- Sources
- Mormons -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- 19th century
- Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History
- Religion -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Women historians -- United States -- History -- Sources
- Register of the Ida Blum collection
- John M. Murphy and Heather Christine Broomhead
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
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