The majority of entries were written during the Civil War and describe Lee's work on the family farm, attending religious services, visiting family throughout central Iowa, social activities, and her beaux. She also describes her training to be a teacher and her efforts to assist in keeping a boarding house. There are a few later entries where Barker discusses her marriage and family. Blank pages: 2, 176-182, 184, 192-193. Missing pages: 5-6, 119-122, 196-197, 206-215, 222-229, 232-251. Number 171 omitted in page numbering.
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