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Marie Westerberg Vader papers, 1982-1983


Collection Title:    
Marie Westerberg Vader papers

Collection Number:    
SAC P:83


1 folder


Vader, Marie Westerberg, 1893-1994

Subject Headings:    
Swedish Americans--Nebraska.
Hospitals--Iowa--Des Moines.
Nursing--Study and teaching.
Iowa Lutheran Hospital (Des Moines, Iowa)

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Marie Westerberg Vader (1893-1994) was the daughter of Swedish immigrants and attended Iowa Lutheran Hospital’s Nurses Training School in Des Moines, Iowa from 1915 to 1917. Collection includes her remembrances of her time there and a brief history of the hospital.


Conditions Governing Access:    
Collection is open for research.

Reproduction and Use:    
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder. 

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification], in SAC P:83 Marie Westerberg Vader papers, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 


Source of Acquisition:    
Gift of Mrs. Elaine Nelson of Knoxville, Iowa in 1983.

Related Materials:    
Biography of Marie Westerberg Vader’s brother, A.P. Westerberg who attended Luther Academy at Wahoo, in “My Church” published by the Augustana Book Concern, 1944.

Biography of Marie Westerberg Vader’s brother, August Westerberg who helped organize Trinity Lutheran Church in Omaha, in “My Church” published by the Augustana Book Concern, 1931.

Processed By:    
Received by Kermit Westerberg in 1983. Processed by Renée Powers in 1984. Finding aid written by Lisa Huntsha in 2019. 


Administrative/Biographical History:    
Marie Westerberg was born in Emerson, Nebraska, on April 27, 1893. Her parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in the early 1880s. They lived on an Indian reservation near Sioux City, Iowa, for three years and then moved to a farm in Laurel, Nebraska. Before becoming a nurse, Marie attended Grand College, worked for the Swedish language newspaper Iowa Posten in Des Moines, Iowa, and as a file clerk and telephone operator.

She trained as a nurse from 1915 to 1918, worked as a staff nurse at Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) from 1923 to 1925 and as an industrial nurse for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1926 to 1933. During the depression, she took a job as an agent for a telephone company. Marie married Paul Vader in 1944. She died in 1994.

Scope and Content:    
Collection contains Marie Westerberg Vader’s historical sketches of Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Nurses’ Training School in Des Moines, Iowa from 1913 to 1918.  Her reminiscences of the training school concentrate on the first and second graduating classes and living and working conditions at the hospital. 

Collection Inventory:    
Letter from Marie Westerberg Vader to Swenson Center describing her life and family, English, 1983

Historical sketch of Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Nurses Training School (Des Moines, Iowa), 1913-1918, English, written by Marie Westerberg Vader in 1982/1983

Printed program “Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Banquet: Honoring the Classes of 1933 and 1958, June 10, 1983,” English, 1983

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