Today for Women’s History Wednesday we’re featuring selections from our Mildred Wirt Benson digital collection. The UI alum and original author of the Nancy Drew series didn’t just write about adventurous heroines — she lived it!

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The first Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930.

Browse all: Mildred Wirt Benson digital collection

Learn more: Guide to the Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson papers, 1915-2002

Hola amigo te paso ésto, y alguna cosa más para enriquecer tu blog….ya sabes que puedes contar conmigo para eso, cuando encuentro algo te lo paso.

Muchas gracias por otra imagen fantástica, schboy ! Very much appreciated!

I never before saw this book by Don Palmer “The Boy Scout Explorers at Emerald Valley”

A little research via the net revealed, that “Don Palmer” is the pseudonym of Mrs Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson, who was a prolific author of children’s books and is best remembered as the author of the early Nancy Drew books.  This page lists all of the books that Benson wrote.  In some cases, Benson was one of several authors of a series, and the titles that Benson wrote are the ones listed on this page.

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Mrs Benson wrote several other Scout related books about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, among other childrens books.

Editor’s choice post!

My colleague, with an obvious love for Mildred Wirt Benson, found and made an amazing collection of images and gifs to highlight her life and writing. But there is something uniquely compelling about this 1925 yearbook image with her typing away in the offices of The Daily Iowan right here on campus. The only question remaining is…why don’t they have desks?