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Name Blaine County (Neb.)

Associated Records

Image of RG0721.AM - RG0721 Nebraska Farmer

RG0721.AM - RG0721 Nebraska Farmer

This material is arranged in one series: 1) Sod House letters, 1957-1958. It consists of letters to the Nebraska Farmer written by pioneers in 1957 and 1958, relating their experiences in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The letters were printed in a series titled, "I Lived In A Soddy," and relate primarily to building and living in sod houses. Correspondents also wrote about contemporary social and religious life; discussed farming experiences, including crops raised and yields obtained for different years; and other related aspects of agricultural life. For copies of the letters consult the "Sod House Letters" volume in the Library Collections.

RG4567.PH - Collection, Photograph

In 1895 brothers Fred and Will Black established a ranch near the Dismal River in the Sandhills of Nebraska. The photographs in this collection depict cattle being branded, haying, houses, outbuildings, and scenes of ranching life. This collection consists of approximately one hundred seventy images showing the Black family ranch, houses, animals, ranch hands and family members. Many of the photos show haying machinery, cattle branding, and livestock in the fields surrounded by the sandhills of north central Nebraska. Also included is a photograph of what is said to be the oldest sod house in Nebraska and a woman weaving baskets.