The Edward S. ("Ned") Beck diaries describe the daily life of a boy in Holton, Kansas, in the late nineteenth century. Ned was born in Indiana and moved to Kansas with his family as a boy. He was eleven years old in 1880 and seventeen years old in 1886. The first volume covers May 9 to August 28, 1880. The second volume covers August 29 to December 31, 1880. The third volume covers January 1 to April 3, 1886.