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.
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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.
Biographical information derived from collection.
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.
University of Delaware. Library. Self works : diaries, scrapbooks, and other autobiographical efforts : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1997-December 18, 1997 : guide to selected sources.Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1997.