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Journal of H. A. Emerson

Identifier: MSS 0097-Item 0027

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.


  • Creation: 1864 January 1-December 29


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

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.

Biographical information derived from collection.


1 volume (168 pages) ; 21 cm


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.


Purchase, 1957.

Existence and Location of Copies

A digitized copy of the journal is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.

Publication Note

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.

Shelving Summary

  1. Item 0027: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097


Processed and encoded by Christiana Dobrzynski, October 2008.

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