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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2408. Four letters written from Floyd County, Kentucky by “Lee” to his wife Adah in Vineland, New Jersey, while employed on a government survey. He writes of the progress of his work, his living conditions and local conditions generally, including housing, farming prospects, prices, the presence of snakes, and a method of fishing for catfish (4 June 1899); his wife’s purchase of a Jersey cow, and his future employment prospects (2 September 1899); his itinerary, family matters, and commodity prices (24 October 1899); the marital stress caused by his long absence, and the hardships of women in Floyd County (25 October 1899).


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