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Ann Larimer Papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0107

Scope and Contents

The Ann Larimer letters date from February to July of 1865 and consist of 9 letters, each of them written by Larimer to her husband. The letters are arranged in chronolgical order. Their importance lies in their personal, first-hand depiction of rural life in Iowa during the Civil War. The ink on the letters is faint in places and the handwriting is difficult to read. The original letters have been filed separately because of their fragility, but may be consulted by researchers.


  • Creation: 1865


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Ann Larimer was married to John Larimer. They had two children, one daughter and one son. The Larimers lived in Queen City, Iowa, a small town that no longer exists. During John Larimer's service in the Civil War, his wife wrote to him frequently, telling him of the latest news about their friends, updating him on family matters, informing him about his mother's death, and trying to console him and wish him well in the war.


0.25 linear inches

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Queen City, Iowa, resident who wrote to her husband while he was serving in the Civil War.


Three folders, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The Ann Larimer letters Ann Larimer letters(donor no. 168) were purchased by the Special Collections Department, University of Iowa Libraries, for the Iowa Women's Archives.


Lea Keohane, 1995.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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