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Iva and George Diehl Collection

Identifier: Mss.Coll. 052

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of primarily correspondence from Mr. Iva Shafer Diehl while Dean of Women at Elon College to her husband Mr. George West Diehl who was obtaining a PhD at the University of Chicago. The letters start in June 1930 while she was living with her parents, prior to her starting employement at Elon in Septmber 1930. The correspondence ends December 15, 1931 during her second year of employment at Elon. Collection also includes Iva Diehl's resume circa 1930.

Correspondence includes discussions surrounding daily life and events, her mother's illness, the finicial difficulties Elon College faced during the Great Depression, the change in College leadership from President Harper to President Smith, and activites she undertook while Dean of Women. On occasion newspaper clippings, letters from others, and event programs are included in letters sent by Mrs. Diehl to her husband.


  • 1930-1931


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Iva Carruth Shafer was born August 18, 1890 in Lexington, Virgina to Mary and John Alexander Shafter. Between 1917 and 1920 Iva married George West Diehl. George West Diehl was born in Pennsylvania, December 1887 to Oliver Diehl and Eleanor Eliza West.

Mrs. Iva Diehl was hired in summer/fall of 1930 as the Dean of Women at Elon College, while Dean of Women her husband George West Diehl was obtaining his PhD at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Diehl remanined Dean of Women for the 1930 and 1931 school year.

Mrs. Iva Diehl died June 24, 1965. Mr. George West Diehl died August 15, 1975.


.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



The bulk of this collection includes correspondence from Dean of Women for Elon College, Iva Diehl to her husband George West Diehl from 1930-1931 while Iva Diehl was Dean of Women at Elon University and Mr. Diehl was obtaining his PhD from the University of Chicago.


Collection is organized chronologically then alphabetically.

Physical Location

The collection is located in Belk Library Archives. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

The Washington and Lee University Special Collections and Archives houses the Diehl and Zink Family Papers. Charles Zink was Iva and George Diehl's foster son. The finding aid of the collection can be found at

Processing Information

Processed by Chrystal Carpenter.

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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

100 Campus Drive
2550 Campus Box
Elon North Carolina 27244 USA