Eddy family papers

Collection Overview

Title: Eddy family papers

Record Series: MsC-99

Record Group:


Creator: Eddy family

Date: 1870-1959

Extent: 2 boxes (0.63 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access: Please note that the ephemeral materials are very fragile and must be handled with care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Special Collections & University Archives purchased this collection during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

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Historical Note

The Eddy and Culver families were pioneers from Orleans County, New York, who later migrated west to Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Additional biographical information about the extended Eddy family and those represented in this collection is included in the collection's control file, along with a family tree. Please ask staff for assistance if you would like to access this information.


  • Series 1: Correspondence
  • Series 2: Ephemera
  • Series 3: Photographs

Scope and Content

The Eddy family papers contain correspondence, ephemeral materials, and photographs primarily concerning the Culver and Eddy families. This collection follows the families' movements and their efforts to stay connected with one another. It is arranged into three series based on type of material.

Series 1, Correspondence, is largely centered around Sarah Ann (Culver) Eddy and her children, grandchildren, and siblings, including Mary E. Culver, Helen M. Eddy, and Eunice C. Rice. Correspondence topics include property, local conditions, homes, and business matters. The series also contains correspondence from Hazel Watson Tisch and Blanche Watson, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to their family. Blanche Watson attended the Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) beginning in 1915.

The second series, Ephemera, consists of postcards; information about the incorporation, financing, and plot map for a cemetery; invitations; receipts; insurance policies; and more, dating from the 1870s to the 1930s.

The final series, Photographs, contains an assortment of visual materials, including carte-de-visites, cabinet photographs, and early 20th century photographs.

Additional information and details about the collection's contents is available in the collection control file. Please ask staff for assistance if you would like to access this information.



Box 1

  • Folder 1: Correspondence, March 1870-June 1893 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Correspondence, April 1894-December 1899 [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Correspondence, April 1900-November 1913 [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Correspondence, March 1915-December 1923 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Correspondence, March 1925-June 1936 [Series 1]
  • Folder: Correspondence, 1940-1946; 1959; undated [Series 1]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Ephemera [Series 2]
  • Folder 2: Photographs [Series 3]

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, July 2021.