Iowa Byington Reed was born in 1851 and grew up in the Iowa City area. She was quite an accomplished seamstress, and she married William "Will" Reed in 1896. The University of Iowa acquired her papers and diaries and digitized them for access by the general public. Visitors can read through these works to learn about her daily life, her lengthy courtship with Will, and her visit to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. The archive also contains the short diary of her brother, Robert Byington. Visitors can read through his diary to learn about the family's business ventures and his own struggle with the illness that would kill him. Users can read through each of the 34 items in order or browse by subject and keyword.