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Guinn Family Papers

Identifier: MsC0084

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Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of legal documents and some correspondence, much of it having to do with the Benson family. Included are two versions of a history of Guinnville and a ledger book containing the possessions in the estate of H. Guinn, which provides a thorough record of the materials required to operate a farm in Iowa in the late nineteenth century.

Settlers near Belle Plaine, Iowa.


  • Creation: 1880-1924


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


0.25 Linear Feet

Photographs: Box 1 other_unmapped

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The Guinn family moved to Iowa from Tennessee beginning in 1846 to settle near Belle Plaine. This collection includes legal documents, correspondence, a photograph, and a ledger book made up at the time of the sale of the estate of H. Guinn.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were collected for the University of Iowa Libraries by George Sheets in the late 1950s.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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