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Childs Family Letters

Identifier: MsC0547

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised entirely of letters between members of the Childs family in various places in Iowa, such as Mount Vernon, Camanche, Low Moor, and Lyons, and Philadephia, Pennsylvania. All are handwritten and some envelopes are included. Though the correspondence is carried on throughout the war years, there is very little mention of the war. Mostly the letters deal with farming and farm prices and domestic cares.


  • Creation: 1849-1889
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1860-1860


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This collection is open for research.

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0.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Letters of the Childsfamily in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania and members of the family in Clinton County , Iowa , including the towns of Low Moor, Lyons, and Camanche. Though the correspondence is carried on during the Civil War, the letters have mostly to do with domestic affairs.

Civil War period.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was purchasedby the University of Iowa Libraries in 2002.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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