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.
For more information, please see the collection's finding aid
Special Collections CLOSED
Special Collections will be closed between 12:45pm and 1:45pm on Friday, February 27, and again from 1:15pm - 2:15pm on Monday, March 2. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
March 4th "Show and Tell" on Natural History Texts
Matthew Sivils, associate professor of English and the 2015 CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities
, will provide a brief overview of the texts of some of the most influential eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century naturalist-explorers, such as Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon, at a March 4 event, starting at 7 p.m. in the Special Collections Department in Parks Library. The program will be followed by a viewing of rare natural history volumes housed in the ISU Library's Special Collections. The event is part of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities fellowship spring offerings to celebrate scholarly achievement in the arts and humanities at Iowa State.