Ida Blum collection

Ida Blum collection

Dates: 1804-1978

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).

  • Extent: 7 oversize boxes (11.62 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.). -- 12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Blum, Ida
  • Call Number: MSS 1891
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
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Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 1891; Ida Blum collection; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations:MSS 1891, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquisition Information
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Religion--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Cemeteries--Illinois--Nauvoo--Sources; Hancock County (Ill.); Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--19th century; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History; Icarian movement--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--Sources; Women historians--United States--History--Sources; Blum, Ida; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Illinois--History
Genre / Form
Letters; City plats; Notes; Photographs; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Processing Information
Processed; Heather Christine Broomhead and John M. Murphy; 2007.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Blum (Ida) collection
Finding Aid Author
John M. Murphy and Heather Christine Broomhead
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-08 19:09:11 -0700.
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ida Blum (1889-1980) wrote articles on the people of Nauvoo.

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.

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