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Mann Family Papers

Identifier: MsC0161

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Scope and Contents

The Mann family papers consist of 0.5 linear foot of Civil War correspondence arranged chronologically. Most of the letters were written by Asahel Mann and Jennie Scott from Camp Harlan, Iowa; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Helena, Arkansas; the vicinity of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and the homefront in and around Sidney, Iowa. The collection is made up of original letters, photocopies, and transcriptions. There is also a computer disk containing the transcriptions of more than 90 of the letters.

AV materials moved to IRA Cool Storage


  • Creation: 1861-1913
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1851-1866


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


0.50 Linear Feet

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Civil War letters and military records of Asahel Mann, Jr., John Mann, and William Mann, all of whom were members of Co. A, 4th regiment, Iowa Cavalry.

Method of Acquisition

The core of this collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1959 by Asahel Mann's granddaughter, Mrs. Stewart S. Foster. In 1998 and 1999, Mr. Jerry Mann began adding transcriptions of letters to the existing collection.

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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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