Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 111
Lloyd D. Burns (1857-1860)
Diary, 1857-1860

Descriptive summary

creator: Burns, Lloyd D. (1825-1892)
title: Diary
dates: 1857-1860
extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)
collection number: MS 111
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Lloyd D. Burns Diary, MS 111, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Lloyd Dwight Burns (1825-1892) lived in Dallas County, Iowa, from 1848 until his death in 1892. He married Minerva Jane Adams in 1846. Burns farmed in Sugar Grove Township in Dallas County and was the county's first judge.


Collection description

This collection contains a transcription of Burns' diary for the years 1857, 1858, and 1860. The diary contains information on the weather, purchases, marriages solemnized, and attendance at political meetings, the literary society, lectures, magic shows, and church. Burns took an active interest in politics, read widely, and loaned money readily. Included are accounts of two trips to the Dakota Territory in May and July 1860 in which he describes the topography, trees, and crops of the area.


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