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Teresa B. Bowmaster Diaries

Identifier: RH-A-4241

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of twelve diaries written by Teresa B. Bowmaster (1882-1969) from 1918 and 1939-1965. The diaries document the daily life of Teresa Bowmaster.

Two notable entry in the diaries: on July 30, 1960 and August 8, 1960, Teresa writes that her husband Frank passed away and finding out that her son John had also passed away.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1918, 1939-1965


Biographical / Historical

Little is known about the Bowmaster’s. Teresa Bowmaster (1882-1969) was born Teresa Waite in December, 1882. Teresa married her husband, Frank Bowmaster (1869-1960) on December 30, 1903. They had one child, John Maynard Bowmaster (1904-1960). Frank enlisted in the US Army in 1892 at the age of 23 and by 1920 he worked at a grocery store in Georgetown, Ottawa, Michigan. By 1930 the Bowmaster’s moved to Grandville Michigan where they would spent the rest of their lives.


1 boxes : 0.5 cubic feet

Language of Materials



This diary was purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 0.50 cubic feet and is composed of twelve diaries from 1918, 1939-1943, 1944-1948, 1949-1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957-1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 which details the daily life of Teresa Bowmaster. The size of the diaries ranges from 3”x5” to 5”x7” the diaries are all in good condition, there are no missing pages, some pages have ink stains on them however, they are still legible. Most of the covers are in good condition as well with the exception of four: the spine cover of the 1955, 1963, 1965 diaries are torn off and the spine of the 1964 diary is torn but still attached. Some of the diaries have newspaper clippings tucked inside them and they are in good condition as well.

The entries are in good condition, all of the entries are written in either blue or black ink, there are some ink stains on several entries however, all the entries are still legible. The entries themselves appeared to recall the events of the given day and each entry noted the weather conditions of the day, the high and low temperature of the day, and the actual temperature of the day.

Teresa Bowmaster Diaries Finding Aid
Ian Daly
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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
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