Digitized Diaries

This list of open access, digitized diaries is designed to assist students and scholars interested in studying diaries. Please let me know if there are additional resources I should add.

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

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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)

Adams, Sarah Eve (Duke U)

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. (Library of Congress)

Armstrong, James (Library of Congress)


Bailey, Florence M. (Smithsonian)

Ballard, Martha

Bancroft, Hettie (Duke U)

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 (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)

Bowman, Alexander Grayson (U Arizona)

Boyle, Robert (Royal Society)

Bradley, Elisha (Duke U)

Bradway, John V. (Princeton)

Bragdon, May (U Rochester)

Brant, J. W. (Ball State U)

Breen, Patrick (U California)

Brevard, Keziah (U South Carolina)

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

Bright, Abbie (Kansas Memory)

Brisbane, William (Princeton)

Browne, Charlotte (New York Historical Society, New York Historical Digital Collections)

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”


Cannon, George Q. (Church Historian’s Press, LDS)

Carter, Jimmy (Carter Library)

Carter, Robert “King” (U Virginia)

Cary, Harriette (William & Mary)

Cass, Isabella (Stanford)

Chadick, Mary (Duke U)

Chadwick, Helen (Henry Moore Institute)

Chapman, Fanny

Charlotte, Queen (Royal Collection Trust)

Clarkson, Thomas (Abolition Project)

Chernyaev, Anatoly S. (National Security Archive)

Civil War Diaries and Letters (Auburn U)

Civil War Diaries (New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Civil War Diaries and Letters (U of Iowa)

Civil War in Missouri (State Historical Society of Missouri)

Copland, Lucy

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

Cummins, Henry (Yale)

Currie, Arthur (McGill U)


Dargan, James F. (Cal State U Northridge)

Darwin, Charles (Cambridge)

Daum, Mildred Valeda (Indiana U)

Davis, Emilie (Villanova)

Davis, May

Davis, Thomas (Duke U)

Dawson, George Mercer (McGill U)

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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Edison, Thomas (Rutgers)

Edmondson, Belle (Documenting the American South)

Egerton, Alfred Charles Glyn (Royal Society)

Embury, Philip A. Journal 1 and Journal 2 (California State Library, From the Page)

Emerson, Mary Moody (Northeastern U)

Evans, Charles (State Library of Victoria)


Fairbank, Thomas (Cambridge)

Field, Michael (Victorian Lives & Letters)

Fike, Didamie Emaline Hicks (U Southern Mississippi)

Flaxman, Ann (Romantic Circles)

Fleischmann, Aloys (University College Cork)

Foote, Shelby (From the Page)

Frankowski, Elizabeth (Toledo-Lucas County Public Library)

Frobisher, Joseph (McGill U)

Fujimoto, George, Jr. (U California)

Fugimoto, Toranosuke “George” (U California)


Galt, Louise A. (William & Mary C)

Garriott, Ralph J. (Indiana U)

Gass, Claire (McGill U)

Getty, J. Paul (Getty Museum)

Gibson, George W. (Ball State)

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (Harvard)

Glass, Jinny (U Southern Mississippi)

Goddard, James Stanley (McGill U)

Godwin, William (Oxford U)

Graham, David Crockett (Smithsonian)

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

Graves, Robert (U Victoria)

Gray, William Fairfax (Southern Methodist University)

Guevara, Ernesto “Che”

Guion, Mary (New York Historical Society; New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Gunn, Thomas Butler (Lehigh U)


H.D. (Yale)

Hadfield, Joseph (McGill U)

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

Hall, Marion Spencer (Smithsonian)

Hand, Sadie Winters (Digital Long Island, New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Harris, Addie S. (Utica College, New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Hart, Lydia H. (William & Mary C)

Harvey, Annette (Southern Methodist U)

Hasbrouck, Julia Lawrence (Stone Ridge Library, New York Heritage Digital Collections)

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 (private — permission required)

Hogg Quintin, Lord Hailsham (Margaret Thatcher Foundation)

Holliday, Cyrus K. (Kansas Memory)

Hooke, Robert (London Metropolitan Archives)

Hosley, Dexter P. (Princeton)

Hoyt, David Starr (Princeton)

Huet, Albert (U Florida)

Hummel, R. Stuart (Stanford)

Hunnius, Carl J. A. (Kansas Memory)

Huntington, Cornelia (a.k.a. Martha Wickham) (Digital Long Island, New York Historical Digital Collections)


de Iturbide, Agustin (Southern Methodist U)


Jackson, William Henry (New York Public Library)

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives (U California)

Jay, John (Columbia)

Johnson, Bruce

Johnson, L. B. (LBJ Library)

Jones, Sarah E. (Internet Archive)

Jusando sono yon [The Thirteen Children] (Princeton)

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Kelsey, Dandridge E. (Kansas Memory)

Kikuchi, Charles (Online Archive of California)

Kimble, Sam (Internet Archive)

Kirby, Mary (New York Historical Digital Collections)

Kolic, John (Sterling Hill Mining Museum)


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

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

Littlefield, Elizabeth B. (Internet Archive)

Livingston, David (UCLA)

Llewhellin, Winifred

Locke, Delia (U of Pacific)

Lowry, Janice (Smithsonian)

Lucas, Melchior (Wroclaw U Library): read about the return of the diary

Lundy, Victor A. (Library of Congress)


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)

Manuscripts of the American Civil War (Notre Dame)

Martin, Mary (Trinity College Dublin)

Matthews, Zenas (Southwestern U)

McCoy, Esther (Smithsonian)

Montagu, Ralph (Yale)

Moore, George F. (Internet Archive)

Morgenthau, Henry (FDR Library)

Mormon Missionary Diaries (Brigham Young)

Morse, Samuel (Library of Congress)

Mosher, Clelia D. (From the Page)

Moss, William Pearce (U Newfoundland)

Mountain, Eva (William & Mary)

Muir, John (U of Pacific)

Myers, William H. (New York Public Library)


Naranja, José (via Instagram)

Nash, Solomon (New York Historical Society, New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Needham, Joseph (Cambridge)

Neely, Thomas (Ball State U)

Nelson, D. W. (Ball State U)

Nightingale, Henry O. (Calisphere)


Operation War Diary

Orwell, George

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Paine, Claire Eva (Kansas Memory)

Patton, George S. (Library of Congress)

Peary, Marie Ahnighito (U New England)

Penfield, Helen Kermott (McGill U)

Percy, Algernon Heber (Southern Methodist U)

Perry, Blanche (Portal to Texas History)

Peticolas, Theodore Victor (Grand Valley State U)

Pioneer Lives (U Iowa)

Pippitt, Henry (U Tennessee)

Plummer, Adam Francis (Anacostia Community Museum)

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)


Quilter, A.W. (Smithsonian)


Ravenel, Henry William (U South Carolina)

Read, Whitley (Grand Valley State U)

Reader, Samuel (Kansas Memory)

Reed, Charles Wellington (Library of Congress)

Rich, Mary, Lady Warwick (Yale)

Richards, George F. (Church Historian’s Press, LDS)

Ringo, Mary (Library of Congress)

Robb, Eugenia (William & Mary C)

Robinson, Elizabeth (Smithsonian)

Rogers, Henry B. (Massachusetts Historical Society)

Rollin, Frances Anne (Smithsonian)

Rosenberg, Alfred (US Holocaust Museum)

Ryan, Thomas L. (Ball State U)


Sabine, Edward (Royal Society)

Sanders, Joseph (Library of Congress)

Sasson, Siegfried (Cambridge)

Schenker, Heinrich (King’s College London)

Scheuerman, Harry

Schiefer, Clara Louise (William & Mary)

Schulz, Augustus (Kansas Memory)

Scott, John, Sir (Princeton)

Scott, Robert Falcon (British Library)

Sharp, John (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Sheldon, Ella (U of the Pacific)

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)

Smith, Margaret Bayard (Library of Congress, From the Page)

Spafford, Horatio Gates (Library of Congress)

Spight, Thomas (U Southern Mississippi)

Stanton, Robert Brewster (New York Public Library)

Stedman, John Gabriel (U Minnesota)

Stephen, Dorthea Jane (Duke U)

Stevens, Lucy Pier (Southern Methodist U)

Stone, Henry Lane (Kentucky Historical Society, From the Page)

Student Diaries (Vassar)

Sweat, Margaret Jane Mussey (U New England)

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Taft, Horatio Nelson (Library of Congress)

Tam, Reuben (Smithsonian)

Tatum, Robert (U Tennessee Knoxville)

Tennant, Stephen (National Education Network)

Thiele, Barbara (Kansas Memory)

Thistlewood, Thomas (Yale)

Thorburn, Tottie (Sydney Living Museums)

Thoreau, Henry David (Morgan Library, U California Santa Barbara)

Thornton, Anna Maria Brodeau (Library of Congress)

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

Twist, Eva A. (U New England)



Vanmatre, Cyrus (Ball State U)

Van Rensselaer, Killaen (Digital Long Island, New York Heritage Digital Collections)

Van Valen, Alexander (Smithsonian)

Vargus, Alberto (Smithsonian)

Victoria, Queen (Oxford U)

Violette, M. A. (Princeton)

Voices of Civilian Internment: WWII Singapore (Cambridge)


W., Mrs. (U Southern Mississippi)

Walp, William Harrison

Wallace, Ellen (Kentucky Historical Society, From the Page)

Wainwright, Jacob (Livingston Online) Read about the diary in The Guardian.

Washington, George (Library of Congress)

Waterhouse, Loyal Nelson (Princeton)

Watkins, Harry

Wells, Emmeline B. (Church Historian’s Press)

Wetmore, Hannah Edwards (Yale)

Wharton, Thomas Kalah (New York Public Library)

White, Capt. William A.

Wight, Claire Lilian (William & Mary)

Willard, Frances (Frances Willard Historical Assn.)

Williams, Jennie

Williamson, Alice (Duke U)

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)

World War I Diaries (State Library and State Archives of North Carolina, From the Page)

Wright, Orville and Wilbur (Library of Congress)

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Yamada, n.a. (Smithsonian)


Zeman, Zoya (U Southern Mississippi)

Last updated: August 21, 2020

5 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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