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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Irving, Jessie Belle, 1881 - 1964 Papers, 1858 - 1964

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Irving, Jessie Belle, 1881 - 1964. Papers, 1858 - 1964.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1293

Irving, Jessie Belle, 1881 - 1964. Papers, 1858 - 1964. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1293. 4 folders, 1 oversized folder.


This collection consists of items relating to Jessie Belle Irving and her family. Irving was a long-time elementary school teacher in Mankato, Minnesota, and an active member of many social and professional groups. Included in the collection are photocopies of her family record, photocopies of obituaries of her family members, photographs of Irving, and newspaper clippings about her and her father William Irving. Another part of the collection contains items pertaining to Irving's time at Mankato Normal School, which includes the class of 1903 commencement announcement and newspaper clippings about the commencement, and her diploma from the Normal School. A paper written by Irving in 1928 about teaching reading to young children is also included.

Biographical Note:

Jessie Belle Irving was born May 26, 1881. She attended the Mankato Normal School, and graduated in 1903. Irving was an elementary school teacher in Mankato from 1903 to 1946. She was an active member of the Minnesota Educational Association and the National Retired Teachers Association. Jessie Belle Irving died in 1964.


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Collection Citation:

Irving, Jessie Belle, 1881 - 1964. Papers, 1858 - 1964. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1293, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Harriet MacDonald donated this collection in August 1977.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in November 1979. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell January 2001. Jeff A. Jenson updated this collection in November 2001. Mee Xiong updated the finding aid September 2015.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Jessie Belle Irving available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Irving, Jessie Belle, 1881 - 1964.
Mankato Normal School.
Mankato (Minn.)--Elementary school teachers.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1293



Commencement program, class song, newspaper clippings about Mankato Normal School Commencement, 1903



Diplomas, 1897 and 1903

Map Case


Irving family record, undated, photocopies of family obituaries, 1909, 1914, 1924, 1964, newspaper clippings and photographs of Jessie Irving, undated and 1890, 1902, 1915, 1964



Paper written by Jessie Irving, 1928



Photocopies of newspaper articles about William Irving, 1858, 1866, and 1868