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Emerson, H. A.

Journal of H. A. Emerson

1864 January 1-1864 December 29

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 27

Creator: Emerson, H. A.

Title: Journal of H. A. Emerson

Inclusive Dates: 1864 January 1-1864 December 29

Extent: 1 v. (168 p.) ; 21 cm.

Abstract: Diary written by H. A. Emerson, nineteenth century paper mill owner in Franklin, Massachusetts. Entries focus on paper mill production and success, weather, local social events, family travels, with brief mentions of national political affairs in 1864.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 097, Item 27, Journal of H. A. Emerson, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 097


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Purchase, 1957.


Processed and encoded by Christiana Dobrzynski, October 2008.

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Biographical Note

H. A. Emerson lived with his wife and mother in Franklin, Massachusetts, where he ran a paper mill. The paper mill produced mostly newspaper, but also produced some book paper of varying thickness. The name of the author, H. A. Emerson, was derived from the entry dated April 1, 1864.


Biographical information derived from collection.

Scope and Content Note

H. A. Emerson kept this diary from January 1 to December 29, recording aspects of his job as the proprietor of the paper mill in Franklin, Massachusetts. Emerson wrote about his daily activities at the paper mill, including quantity and type of paper produced, as well as machinery maintenance and efficiency, and number of hours Emerson worked. Almost every entry mentions the weather of the day, sometimes describing how weather hindered production at the paper mill. Emerson was involved in the local church choir and frequently mentions it in his journal. Other entries describe social life in Franklin and other nearby Massachusetts and New England towns, as well as family visits, brief references to national political affairs, alluding to the ongoing Civil War.

The journal is one bound volume, 160 pages (78 of which were used), with entries in ink.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Emerson, H. A.
Topical Terms
Choirs (Music)--Franklin (Mass.)--History--19th century.
Papermaking--Massachusetts--History--19th century.
Geographic Names
Franklin (Mass.)--History--19th century.
Form/Genre Terms

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.

Publication Note

University of Delaware. Library. 1864: Year of Destiny : An Exhibition, February 10, 2014-June 8, 2014.Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 2014.

Detailed Contents List

Journal of H. A. Emerson, 1864 January 1-1864 December 29   [Item 027]

1 volume

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