Diaries and Journals

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Diary, 1932 (Box 1, folder 1)
1928-1970

Hazelle Myra Allen Brooks graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. This collection contains diaries kept by her as a college student and as a young mother during World War II. It also includes diaries kept by her mother, Essie Myra Comstock Allen.

Collection Inventory: mc2011.03.pdf

Account book, 1935-1936 (Box 5, folder 4)
1842-1968

The collection consists of the papers of Charles Gilbert Beetem, a Carlisle, PA rug manufacturer, local historian and genealogist, amateur artist, and omnivorous collector. Diaries, manuscripts, letters, advertisements, greeting cards, and extensive runs of Philadelphia and Carlisle turn-of-the-...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.07.pdf

Letter, c.1910s (Box 1, folder 1)
1859-1919

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Arba Blodget (1879-1949), a Philadelphia drama critic and playwright, and his wife Laura and her family. Blodget and his wife had been separated early in their marriage due to his traveling with a theater company; often their only means of...

Collection Inventory: mc1998.02.pdf

Record of sermons, 1817 (Box 1, folder 11)
1778-1865

Thomas Emerson Bond, Sr., was a well-known Methodist Episcopal minister and author who served as a trustee of Dickinson College from 1833 until 1835. The collection includes correspondence to and from Bond dating mostly from 1840-1848, as well as journals and records of the Methodist ministry of...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.02.pdf

Pieter Burman journals
c.1720

This collection is comprised of three journals containing notes on lectures delivered by Pieter Burman during his tenure at the University of Leiden, sometime between 1715 and 1740. It is not known precisely who took these notes. The notebooks themselves are believed to have been donated to...

Collection Inventory: mc2012.13.pdf

Diary, 1895 (Box 1, folder 5)
1892-1921

The collections consists of the diaries of Joseph Clemens and his wife, Mary Knapp Strong Clemens. Joseph Clemens was born in Cornwall, England. He left England and entered Dickinson College at the age of 28, graduating in the class of 1894. He entered the Methodist ministry and served as a...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.17.pdf

Diary, 1855-1872 (Box 2, folder 2)
1831-1890

Charles Collins (1813-1875) was a native of Maine and a graduate of Wesleyan University (1837); he served as president of Emory and Henry College (1838-1852), of Dickinson College (1852-1860) and as proprietor and President of State Female College in Memphis, Tenn. (1860-1875). The collection...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.06.pdf

Diary, 1851-1856 (Box 2, folder 8)
1729-1955

Moncure Daniel Conway was born into a southern aristocratic family, but ultimately became one of the nation's leading abolitionists and humanitarians. Conway was a graduate of Dickinson College in 1849 and was trained for the ministry at Harvard Divinity School. The collection consists mainly of...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.06.pdf

Notebook, 1824-1827 (Box 1, folder 3)
1824-1872

Thomas Creigh (1808-1880), Dickinson Class of 1828, attended Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Carlisle Presbytery in 1831. He served as a pastor in Mercersburg, Pa. The collection includes two notebooks from Creigh's student days at Dickinson College. The first notebook...

Collection Inventory: mc2007.03.pdf

Commonplace book, 1787 (Box 1, folder 1)
1770-1787

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737-1801) was a Philadelphia writer who was known for hosting literary salons attended by individuals such as John Dickinson, Jacob Duché, Francis Hopkinson, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Annis Boudinot Stockton. The collection consists of a commonplace book compiled by...

Location: MC 2006.3

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Diaries and Journals, Poetry and Lyrics

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799

Collection Inventory: mc2006.03.pdf

Travel journal, 1776 (Box 1, folder 8)
1776-1857

The collection consists primarily of travel journals of Thomas and Jabez Fisher, sons of Joshua Fisher, a businessman in Philadelphia shipping prior to the Revolutionary War. The journals offer detailed accounts of travel to Europe in the 1760s and 1770s. In addition, a small amount of business...

Collection Inventory: mc2004.01.pdf

Diary, 1805-1809 (Box 1, folder 1)
1805-1898

The collection consists of the diaries of Zenanah Gilbert and Dora Gilbert Tompkins; very little else is known about either woman. Gilbert was born in Rome, New York on January 31, 1782; her family ran a guest house in town. Tompkins was born in Knoxville, Illinois, and was a schoolteacher....

Collection Inventory: mc1998.09.pdf

Diary, 1901-1902 (Box 1, folder 2)
1899-c.1905

The collection consists of materials relating to Ethelyn Hardesty's student days at Dickinson College, including a scrapbook, 1899-1902, class and lecture notes, grade reports, and a diary. After graduating in 1902, Hardesty taught high school in Lock Haven, PA. She married Dr. C. Grant Cleaver...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.09.pdf

Account book, 1911-1915 (Box 1, folder 5)
1911-1920

The bulk of the diaries is a day by day account of Harnish's life in Carlisle - what he did, whom he saw, etc. Four diaries contain accounts of his years at Dickinson College: accounts of the social life, (Theta Chi fraternity), and academic information - not greatly detailed. Also included are...

Photograph, undated (Photographs, folder 73)
1797-1934

This collection primarily provides evidence of the personal and professional life of Charles Francis Himes, student, photographer, scientist, teacher, administrator, amateur historian and father. Also found in this collection is evidence of the lives of family members including, most notably, C...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.01.pdf

Kerry Shawn Keys
1963-2012

This collection consists of correspondence, journals, photographs, and other personal papers of Kerry Shawn Keys, poet, editor, translator, and cultural liaison. He has authored more than 40 books of poetry and prose and translated more than a dozen other works from Portuguese, Czech, and...

Collection Inventory: Keys Collection Inventory 2019

Journal, 1854 (Box 2, folder 6)
1854-1933

Horatio Collins King was the son of Postmaster General Horatio King and the nephew of Dickinson College President Charles Collins. A graduate of Dickinson College, class of 1858, King was admitted to the bar in 1861 and saw active service in the Civil War from 1862 until 1865. A songwriter, King...

Collection Inventory: mc1999.09.pdf

Report, 1981 (Box 1, folder 23)
1972-1988

The Jane Lee collection consists of the various papers, court dockets, government documents, and newspaper clippings collected by Lee in the years following the accident at Three Mile Island. Jane Lee, a farmer from Etters, Pennsylvania, became active in various public-awareness groups such as...

Collection Inventory: TMI-Lee.pdf

Photograph, 1887 (Photographs, folder 17)
circa 1860-1952

Zatae Longsdorff Straw (1866-1955) was the first woman graduate of Dickinson College as a member of the class of 1887; she went on to a successful career as a doctor and politician. The collection of her papers includes correspondence, printed and manuscript materials, scrapbooks and scrapbook...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.02.pdf

Photograph, undated (Photographs, folder 16)
1915-1993

This collection primarily provides evidence of the personal and public life of Frank E. Masland Jr., environmentalist, preservationist, explorer, entrepreneur, author, and community leader.  Also found in this collection is correspondence from prominent twentieth-century figures such as leaders...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.04.pdf

Journal, c.1830 (Box 1, folder 1)
1825-1839

William C. McPherson graduated from Dickinson College in 1829 before beginning a life-long career as a physician. The collection is comprised of two diaries that contain entries dating from his college days, some notes from medical school lectures, and his post-college daily life in Marietta,...

Collection Inventory: mc2012.10.pdf

Diary, 1914-1915 (Box 1, folder 1)
1914-1915

This collection consists primarily of the diary of Esther Popel Shaw (Class of 1919), the first African American woman to graduate from Dickinson College.  Esther kept this diary between the conclusion of her junior year in high school on June 10, 1914 and April 30, 1915 of her...

Location: MC 2013.4

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1900-1919

Collection Inventory: mc2013.04.pdf

Journal, 1941 (Box 1, folder 2)
1941-1945

George Edward Reed II (1912-1998) graduated from Dickinson College in 1935. This collection contains journals that document his service during World War II. The journals include diary entries, which start in June 1941 and end in November 1945. The journals also include correspondence,...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.01.pdf

Passport, 1925 (Box 3, folder 13)
1882-1958

James Gordon Steese (1882-1958) was a member of the Dickinson College class of 1902. Among his many activities, Steese served as president of the Board of Road Commissioners for Alaska; the Steese Highway in Alaska is named for him. He later was involved with the development of railroads in both...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.04.pdf

Photograph, c1945 (Photographs, folder 52)
1860-2003

Ruth Agnes Trout graduated from Dickinson College with the class of 1936. In 1983, she and her sister, Helen Elizabeth Trout, established the Trout Gallery at the college in honor of their parents, Brook and Mary Agnes Cook Trout. This collection of papers documents Trout's relationship with the...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.01.pdf

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