Collection Dates: 1858 --1947
1.5 linear ft.
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Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet:November 1997
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collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Boxes 2
Photographs: Boxes 2 and 3
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Scope and contents
Box 1 Carver, Fred B. -- Sterns, Thomas Rescum
Box 2 Sterns, Thomas Rescum -- Photographs
Box 3 Photographs
4 Model boat
The major correspondents are Thomas Rescum Sterns, Edward Van Deusen, Albert Henry Sterns, Lavinia C. Van Deusen Sterns Mathews, Lottie Gilmore Sterns, and Fred B. Carver.
Thomas Rescum Sterns (1839 -- 1863) joined the army in 1862, serving as a corporal in company F, Regiment 29, Wisconsin Volunteers. He died while returning home on the transport Minnehaha. He was buried in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lavinia C. Van Deusen Sterns Mathews (1840 -- 1921) and Thomas Rescum Sterns were married April 25, 1960. They had one son, Albert Henry (1861 -- 1921). Most of his career was spent working on various railroads, but he also participated in the Alaskan gold rush in the 1890's. Albert Sterns was married (Lottie Gilmore) and had two children, Hubert Gilmore (1889 -- 1946) and Hazel Lavinia (1891?-??). Lavinia Sterns was remarried, April 7, 1874 to Benjamin Franklin Mathews (1829 -- 1916). They had two children, Alta E. (1878 -- 1961) and Hubert E. (1880 -- 1885). The donor of this collection, Virginia Hoffman Edwards, is the daughter of Alta Mathews.
Edward Van Deusen (1845 -- 1864) was the brother of Lavinia Sterns Mathews. He served in Company A, Regiment 37, Wisconsin Volunteers. Van Deusen died in battle at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864.
Fred B. Carver was
a friend of Alta E. Mathews Hoffman. He served with Company G, Regiment 51,
Iowa Infantry Volunteers. Carver died on his way to the Philippine Islands in
The Sterns family
papers consist of approximately 365 items and date from 1858 -- 1947. All of
the material is chronologically arranged with alphabetical divisions. Virginia
Edwards donated this collection to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1982.
The papers are open for research by students and scholars.
Carver, Fred B. Correspondence, 1898. Written to Alta E. Mathews Hoffman (daughter of Lavinia Sterns and Benjamin F. Mathews) while stationed in San Francisco, California with the Iowa Infantry, 51st Regiment, Company G.
Congregational Church -- Fontanelle, Iowa, 1890 and 1900
Miscellaneous items, including tickets, broadsides, newspaper clippings, Santa Fe RR brochure, etc., 1858 -- 1874 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1860 -- 1911
Sterns, Albert Henry
Correspondence, 1883 -- 1887
Correspondence, 1894 -- 1908
Newspaper clippings, 1897 -- 1921
Programs and badges, 1893 -- 1896. (Order of Railway Conductors and K. of P.)
Sterns, Hubert Gilmore
Biographical material, 1918 -- 1947
High school graduation announcement, 1909
Sterns, Lavinia Van Deusen
Certificate of merit
Correspondence, 1863 -- 1914. Primarily written to Lavinia Sterns Mathews
Marriage certificate, Benjamin F. Mathews, 1874
Sterns, Thomas Rescum
Correspondence. Comprised of original letters accompanied by typewritten transcriptsSeptember -- December 1862
January -- March 1863
Sterns, Thomas Rescum, cont.
Correspondence, cont.April -- June 1863
July -- August 1863
To Thomas Sterns from the Davies (his aunt and uncle)
Pension records, 1862 -- 1921. Photocopies from the National Archives
Personal ephemera, including buttons from Civil war uniform, pen, stamps, etc.
Teacher's certificate, 1862
Sterns, Thomas Rescum and Lavinia Van Deusen
Family record, 1860 -- 1863
Van Deusen, Edward
Correspondence, April -- July 1864
Pension records, 1864 -- 1898. Photocopies from the National Archives
Carver, Fred B. Friend of Alta Mathews Hoffman
Hoffman, Alta Mathews
Mathews, Benjamin Franklin
Misner, Hiram -- tintype. Cousin of Lavinia Sterns
Near, Eva Rector -- daguerreotype. Grandmother of Lavinia Sterns
Sterns, Albert and Lottie
Sterns, Albert, Lottie, and Hubert
Sterns, Hazel Lavinia
Sterns, Hazel L. and Hubert G.
Sterns, Hubert G. (2 folders)
Sterns, Hubert and Dee J. Damron (wife)
Sterns, Lavinia -- daguerreotype and photo
Sterns, Lavinia and Albert -- tintypes and photo
Sterns, Lottie and Hubert
Sterns, Mariah. Mother of Thomas Rescum Sterns
Sterns, Thomas Rescum -- daguerreotypes and photos
Sterns, Thomas and Lavinia -- daguerreotype
Van Deusen, Edward -- daguerreotypes and photo
Van Deusen, Henry and Eliza -- daguerreotype and photo. Parents of Lavinia Sterns
Model boat belonging to Albert Sterns