Digitized Diaries


This list of open-access, digitized diaries is designed to assist students and scholars interested in studying diaries in manuscript form.

I published an essay in A/B: Autobiography Studies in Nov. 2017 that explores the impact of digitization on diary scholarship based on my experiences compiling and working with the materials listed here.

Please let me know if there are additional resources I should add.

Alphabetized by the diary author’s last name, or by title of collective archives. Institutional hosts are indicated in parenthesis.

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A

Abbott, Caroline (Internet Archive)

Adams, Abzuga (Zu) (Kansas Memory)

Adams, John (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Adams, John Quincy (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Adams, Charles Frances (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Ahmad al-Salih of Bone (British Library)

Alling, Charles (Hanover)

Allsop, W.J.A. (Mosman Library)

Anonymous (Diary of a miner on the Ballarat goldfields) (State Library of Victoria)

Anonymous (Japanese civilian in Kuala Lumpur) Cambridge)

Anthony, Susan B. (Rutgers)

Armstrong, James (Library of Congress)

B

Bailey, Florence M. (Smithsonian)

Ballard, Martha

Barber, Florence (William & Mary)

Barnett, Violet (William & Mary C)

Barton, Clara (Library of Congress)

Beaux, Cecilia (Smithsonian)

Beckett, Mina McCormick (Ball State U)

Bell, Alexander Graham (Library of Congress)

Bell, James (State Library of South Australia)

Beloit College Archives Diary Repository

Bennitt, John: Vol 1. Vol. 2. Vol 3. (Grand Valley State)

Blackwelder, Ruth M. (Smithsonian)

Blackwell Family (Harvard)

Bleecker, Elizabeth De Hart (NYPL)

Bobak, Molly Lamb (Library and Archives Canada)

Bonnin, Irene (State Library of South Australia)

Boyle, Robert (Royal Society)

Bradway, John V. (Princeton)

Bragdon, May (U Rochester)

Brant, J. W. (Ball State U)

Breen, Patrick (U California)

Brewster, William (Biodiversity Heritage Library/Missouri Botanical Gardens)

Bright, Abbie (Kansas Memory)

Brisbane, William (Princeton)

Browne, Edward Granville (Cambridge)

Brown, Joseph (U Delaware)

Brown, Theo (Worcester Polytechnic)

Brumfield, Julia

Buckley, Benjamin S. (Smithsonian)

Burche, B. F. (Princeton)

Burgess, William Hugh, “Diary of a Marylebone Schoolboy” (London Metropolitan Archives)

Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies (Brunel U)

Burrell, Sarah “Sate”

C

Carter, Jimmy (Carter Library)

Carter, Robert “King” (U Virginia)

Cary, Harriette (William & Mary)

Cass, Isabella (Stanford)

Chadwick, Helen (Henry Moore Institute)

Chapman, Fanny

Charlotte, Queen (Royal Collection Trust)

Clarkson, Thomas (Abolition Project)

Civil War Diaries and Letters (Auburn U)

Civil War Diaries and Letters (U of Iowa)

Corbett, Thomas P. “Boston” (Kansas Memory)

Cummins, Henry (Yale)

D

Dargan, James F. (Cal State U Northridge)

Darwin, Charles (Cambridge)

Daum, Mildred Valeda (Indiana U)

Davis, Emilie (Villanova)

Davis, May

Diaries in the Archives of American Art (Smithsonian)

Dickens, Charles (New York Public Library)

Dickinson, Lavinia (Harvard)

Digital Civil War Collection: Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction Era Diaries (1839-1869) (U Tennessee Knoxville)

Douglass, Frederick (Library of Congress)

Douglass, Helen Pitts (Library of Congress)

Doyle, Margaretta Hirsch (William & Mary C)

Du Bois, Alexander (U Massachusetts Amherst)

Duncan-Wallace, Alexander Munro (Cambridge)

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E

Edison, Thomas (Rutgers)

Edmondson, Belle (Documenting the American South)

Egerton, Alfred Charles Glyn (Royal Society)

Emerson, Mary Moody (Northeastern U)

Evans, Charles (State Library of Victoria)

F

Fairbank, Thomas (Cambridge)

Field, Michael (Victorian Lives & Letters)

Fike, Didamie Emaline Hicks (U Southern Mississippi)

Flaxman, Ann (Romantic Circles)

Fleischmann, Aloys (University College Cork)

Frankowski, Elizabeth (Toledo-Lucas County Public Library)

Fujimoto, George, Jr. (U California)

Fugimoto, Toranosuke “George” (U California)

G

Galt, Louise A. (William & Mary C)

Garriott, Ralph J. (Indiana U)

Getty, J. Paul (Getty Museum)

Gibson, George W. (Ball State)

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (Harvard)

Glass, Jinny (U Southern Mississippi)

Godwin, William (Oxford U)

Graham, David Crockett (Smithsonian)

Graves, Jeremiah White (see also Graves’ diary on Facebook)

Graves, Robert (U Victoria)

Guevara, Ernesto “Che”

Gunn, Thomas Butler (Lehigh U)

H

H.D. (Yale)

Hall, Charles Francis (Smithsonian): Vol 1, Vol 2

Hall, Marion Spencer (Smithsonian)

Hart, Lydia H. (William & Mary C)

Harvey, Annette (Southern Methodist U)

Hawk, Norene (Ball State U)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel (New York Public Library)

Heap, Anthony (London Metropolitan Archives)

Historic Iowa Children’s Diaries Collection (U Iowa)

Historical Diaries (Utah State U)

Hodgkinson, Norah Isabel

Hogg Quintin, Lord Hailsham (Margaret Thatcher Foundation)

Holliday, Cyrus K. (Kansas Memory)

Hooke, Robert (London Metropolitan Archives)

Hosley, Dexter P. (Princeton)

Howell, William Thompson (New York Public Library)

Hoyt, David Starr (Princeton)

Huet, Albert (U Florida)

Hunnius, Carl J. A. (Kansas Memory)

I

de Iturbide, Agustin (Southern Methodist U)

J

Jackson, William Henry (New York Public Library)

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives (U California)

Jay, John (Columbia)

Johnson, Bruce

Johnson, L. B. (LBJ Library)

Jusando sono yon [The Thirteen Children] (Princeton)

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K

Kelsey, Dandridge E. (Kansas Memory)

Kikuchi, Charles (Online Archive of California)

Kimble, Sam (Internet Archive)

L

Lacey, E.S. “Gordon”: Diary 1 Diary 2 Diary 3 (Mosman Library)

Lake, Eva

Larnard, J. A. (Princeton)

Lamb, William (William & Mary C)

Lawrence, T. E.: Diary A. Diary B

Lazzell, Blanche (Smithsonian)

Liston, Henrietta Marchant (National Library of Scotland): watch an introductory video about the diaries

Livingston, David (UCLA)

Llewhellin, Winifred

Locke, Delia (U of Pacific)

Lundy, Victor A. (Library of Congress)

M

Machen, Lewis H. (Library of Congress)

Machyn, Henry

Madi, Maria (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Madison, James (Library of Congress)

Maggs, Robert (Ball State U)

Malbone, James M. (New York State Military Museum)

Martin, Mary (Trinity College Dublin)

Matthews, Zenas (Southwestern U)

Montagu, Ralph (Yale)

Morgenthau, Henry (FDR Library)

Mormon Missionary Diaries (Brigham Young)

Morse, Samuel (Library of Congress)

Moss, William Pearce (U Newfoundland)

Mountain, Eva (William & Mary)

Muir, John (U of Pacific)

Myers, William H. (New York Public Library)

N

Naranja, José (via Instagram)

Needham, Joseph (Cambridge)

Neely, Thomas (Ball State U)

Nelson, D. W. (Ball State U)

Nightingale, Henry O. (Calisphere)

O

Operation War Diary

Orwell, George

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P

Paine, Claire Eva (Kansas Memory)

Percy, Algernon Heber (Southern Methodist U)

Peticolas, Theodore Victor (Grand Valley State U)

Pioneer Lives (U Iowa)

Pippitt, Henry (U Tennessee)

The Power of My Pen to Describe: Ten American Diaries, 1750 to 1900 (Notre Dame)

Putnam, Frederick (Ball State U)

Putnam, Sarah Gooll (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Q

Quilter, A.W. (Smithsonian)

R

Read, Whitley (Grand Valley State U)

Reader, Samuel (Kansas Memory)

Reed, Charles Wellington (Library of Congress)

Rich, Mary (Yale)

Ringo, Mary (Library of Congress)

Robb, Eugenia (William & Mary C)

Robinson, Elizabeth (Smithsonian)

Rogers, Henry B. (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Rosenberg, Alfred (US Holocaust Museum)

Ruskin, John (Victorian Lives & Letters)

Ryan, Thomas L. (Ball State U)

S

Sabine, Edward (Royal Society)

Sanders, Joseph (Library of Congress)

Sasson, Siegfried (Cambridge)

Schenker, Heinrich (King’s College London)

Schiefer, Clara Louise (William & Mary)

Schulz, Augustus (Kansas Memory)

Scott, John, Sir (Princeton)

Scott, Robert Falcon (British Library)

 

Sharp, John (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Shimek, Bohumil (Smithsonian)

Shiner, Michael (Library of Congress)

Shiner, Michael (Navel History and Heritage Command)

Shore, Emily (U Virginia) [access limited]

Siedler, Amelia (U Southern Mississippi)

Smith, Mary Alta (Ball State U)

Smith, Barbara Hillard (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Smith, Philander (Ball State U)

Spafford, Horatio Gates (Library of Congress)

Spight, Thomas (U Southern Mississippi)

Stanton, Robert Brewster (New York Public Library)

Stedman, John Gabriel (U Minnesota)

Stevens, Lucy Pier (Southern Methodist U)

Student Diaries (Vassar)

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T

Taft, Horatio Nelson (Library of Congress)

Tatum, Robert (U Tennessee Knoxville)

Tennant, Stephen (National Education Network)

Thiele, Barbara (Kansas Memory)

Thistlewood, Thomas (Yale)

Thorburn, Tottie (Sydney Living Museums)

Tilden, Ezra (Gilder Lehrman)

Tolstoy, Leo

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 (Brigham Young)

Tresidder, Mary Curry (Stanford)

Truman, Harry S. (Truman Library)

Tuttle, Sarah

U

V

Vanmatre, Cyrus (Ball State U)

Van Valen, Alexander (Smithsonian)

Vargus, Alberto (Smithsonian)

Victoria, Queen (Oxford U)

Violette, M. A. (Princeton)

Voices of Civilian Internment: WWII Singapore (Cambridge)

W

W., Mrs. (U Southern Mississippi)

Walp, William Harrison

Washington, George (Library of Congress)

Waterhouse, Loyal Nelson (Princeton)

Watkins, Harry

Wetmore, Hannah Edwards (Yale)

Wight, Claire Lilian (William & Mary)

Willard, Frances (Frances Willard Historical Assn.)

Williams, Jennie

Wilson, Charles Algernon (State Library of South Australia)

Wilson, John C. (Indiana U)

Withers, Anita Dwyer (Documenting the American South)

Women’s Travel Diaries (Duke)

Women Working, 1800-1900: Diaries, Memoirs, and Journals (Harvard)

Woolf, Virginia (Woolf Online)

Wright, Orville and Wilbur (Library of Congress)

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Y

Z

Zeman, Zoya (U Southern Mississippi)

Last updated: April 29, 2018

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3 thoughts on “Digitized Diaries

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  2. Have you used the bibliographies of William Matthews and Patricia Havlice, and the ArchiveFinder or ArchiveGrid databases, see what exists? Once you have built up a list of names you should be able to check in Google or on the holding institution’s webpages.

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