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Name Thomas 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.

RG2035.PH - Collection, Photograph

Because of the lack of trees on the plains, sod was the alternative building material for shelter. The sod house, with its thick walls and roof, provided insulation against Nebraska's extreme weather. This collection has many photographs of sod houses and the families who lived in them. This collection is comprised of photographic prints showing portraits of sod houses throughout Nebraska. There is also a picture that shows two men loading sod onto a truck near the Dismal River for construction of their sod house. Many photographs identify the families standing in front of their homes.

RG3314.PH - Collection, Photograph

Cherry County, Nebraska, was created by legislative enactment on February 23, 1883. The photographs in this collection document the towns and rural areas that comprise the county. This collection consists of approximately photographic prints and negatives showing the ranches, churches, post offices, and stores in the towns of Cherry County. Also included are photographs of a sod school house, citizens on the street in the late nineteenth century, and Native Americans dancing, ca.1920.