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Mary Ann Dunn Leonard papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0995

Scope and Contents

The Mary Ann Dunn Leonard papers date from 1890 to 1891 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers consist of a photocopied transcript of Mary Ann Dunn’s personal journal, edited and typed by her great-granddaughter, D.J. Stiff Tague. The journal begins January 1, 1890, and ends December 31, 1891, and consists of daily entries recording local weather, family health, and various activities. The entries depict a strong social network to local families and relations, optimistic perseverance against harsh Iowa weather, and also make reference to a boarder staying with the family in 1890, whose meals Mary Ann Leonard carefully recorded. The editor’s notes, including explanatory preface and name index, date from 1981 and 1982.


  • Creation: 1890-1891


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

Mary Ann Dunn was born January 29, 1846 in County Wicklow, Ireland. She arrived in the United States with John Leonard on November 6, 1872. In 1890, she lived with John Leonard and their six children on a farm near Springdale, Iowa in Cedar County. In the two years covered by her journal, she cared for her family and home, visited friends and family in the area, and assisted her husband and children with farming, gardening and other chores. She died in 1903 and is buried in North Liberty cemetery.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Diary of two years in the life of a Cedar County farm woman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1323) were donated by Don Tague in 2011.

Mary Ann Dunn Leonard papers
Carla DeWit, 2016
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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