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!
- Benson’s senior portrait, University of Iowa Hawkeye yearbook, 1926.
- An early short story for Lutheran Young Folks, 1924; Benson in the Daily Iowan newsroom, 1925.
- Quarry Ghost, skin diving mystery, 1959; Benson diving into the Iowa River, 1925.
- Not for the faint-hearted: The Brownie Scouts in the Circus, 1949; Benson among her novels, 1949.
- Benson in the pilot seat, 1987 - photo by Jack Ackerman for the Toledo Blade.
- Courageous Wings: An Air Story for Girls, 1937.
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