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We recently received additions to the Sarah Underwood Papers, which documents a woman's experience in Iowa during the middle of the 19th century. Sarah moved with her husband Horace to eastern Iowa most likely during the fall of 1856. They lived outside of the community of Princeton, Iowa. Family lore says that their home was the first brick house in Iowa.
Many of the letters are from Sarah to her family in Rhode Island. Sarah asked about the family, wrote about the people she had met in Iowa, and almost always included a report on the Iowa weather. She often wrote about activities on the farm including meals, farm work during harvest, and butchering the animals.
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