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Iva Evans Papers

Identifier: WH1030

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Evan's personal diaries with observations about her relationship with Laurena Hodges Senter and as a wife, mother and grandmother.


  • 1924-1984


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Iva Evans (1894-1987) was the wife of Harry E. Evans (1889-1937) in Denver. She was the mother of Harry (1914-2001), Robert and Shirley. Also, she was a close friend of the Senter family, especially Laurena. After her husband died, Iva went back to work and supported herself the rest of her life at various jobs starting with a position at Neusteters Department Store. Iva’s daily diary entries tell the story of her life as a wife and mother in the 1920s and 1930s, of her grief when her husband died, of a mother worried about her sons and their struggle to find work in the Depression-era years, and her concern as her daughter’s marriage disintegrates finally ending in divorce. She talks about the Senters until a rift occurs in the late 1940s. After that, her diary entries focus on her life and that of her children and grandchildren.


1 box(es)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Harry Evans, 1989.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States