The Van Zandt Family papers document the lives and activities of the Van Zandt family of Agency, Iowa. The primary focus of the collection is on Henry C. Vanzant and his descendents. Born in North Carolina in 1816, Henry and his family moved to Agency, Iowa, in 1848. The collection contains primarily family correspondence, but also includes family photographs, legal correspondence, account ledgers, and diaries. Some of Henry's business correspondence is included and letters from his landlord, George Wilson, often provide interesting commentary on national and local events of the day. Henry's son, William, served in the Union Army during the Civil War at the Battles of Pea Ridge and Arkansas Post and his letters and diaries give vivid accounts of his experiences. Correspondence from Henry's grandson, Ralph, who served in the U.S. military during World War I, is also included. The collection contains additional photographs and documents related to members of the extended family.
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New Online Exhibit:Reflections on ISU Extension
is a new digital collection available through the Iowa State University Library and Special Collections. Offering several types of documents and photographs, as well as media, this collection currently encompasses the work and progress achived by the Iowa State Extension Service during the 1900-1924 time period. Browse the collection here