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Farmer Laborer Diary Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3549

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the diary of a lumberman from 1868, and contains information regarding his daily routine, as well as his business dealings with local farmers and business associates. The diary owner appears to have either owned a small farm himself, or served as a temporary laborer on other farms in the area (he also seems to have owned small amounts of livestock). The diary also suggests that he had an intimate business relationship with a local farmer named Jacob Ulrich, and his family. The laborer in question seems to have lived in either St. Joseph or Kalamazoo County, considering that he frequently travelled to either Three Rivers or Kalamazoo (considerably more to the former) for business trips and appears to have transported lumber in the area. There is also some minor bookkeeping spread throughout the journal.


  • Creation: 1868

Biographical / Historical

There was a lack of any identifiable information that could have shed light on the individuals name or his family life. The journal is also devoid of any mention as to which town or village he lived in, or where exactly he worked, other than the mention of Three Rivers and Kalamazoo.


.10 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection is approximately .10 cubic feet and consists of a single diary. The diary is leather bound and due to aging has become quite brittle. The pages are in fairly good condition, but have become somewhat frail near the edges. The ink and pencil are mostly legible, although a small number of pages have become faded. With continued preservation and careful handling, the diary should remain in its present condition.

Farm Laborer Diary Collection Finding Aid
Andrew Archey
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490