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Van Zandt Family Papers, MS 213

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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