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Clergyman's pocket diary and visiting book belonging to Boston Corbett

Clergyman's pocket diary and visiting book belonging to Boston Corbett
Date: 1870-1877
Pocket diary belonging to Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth following President Lincoln's assassination. Before moving to Cloud County, Kansas in 1878, Corbett was pastor of the Siloam (Methodist) Mission Church located at 328 Pine Street in Camden, New Jersey. The book contains a list of members, records of funerals and baptisms, and diary entries.


Daybook

Daybook
Creator: Emery, James S., 1826-1899
Date: July 4, 1856 through June 19, 1857
The account book entries record Emery's loss of personal property as a result of July, 1856, violence between free state and proslavery advocates. Emery also recordes his expenses for making repairs to his damaged law office.


Day book of James Stanley Emery

Day book of James Stanley Emery
Creator: Emery, James S., 1826-1899
Date: 1856-1863
The day book of James Stanley Emery, containing personal accounts and memoranda. James Stanley Emery was born in Franklin County, Maine in 1826. Educated at Waterville College, he was admitted to the bar in New York in 1854. Involved with the New England Emigrant Aid Company, Emery came to Kansas with the second party of immigrants to ensure that it became an anti-slavery state when it entered the Union. He worked in numerous states for the cause through the following years. Emery was a member of the Leavenworth constitutional convention and served on the Kansas Legislature in 1862 and 1863. He was a lawyer and also worked as a journalist for the New York Daily Times. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Emery U.S. District Attorney for Kansas in 1864. In 1891 he was president of the Kansas State Historical Society. Emery died in Lawrence in 1899.


First Cherokee Regiment day book

First Cherokee Regiment day book
Creator: Parks, Robert Calvin, d. 1864
Date: November 10, 1862-March 31, 1863
A semi-official journal covering the period Nov. 10, 1862-Mar. 31, 1863, during which time the author served with the 1st Cherokee Regiment (Confederate) in the Indian Territory under Colonel Stand Watie. It contains copies of general & local orders, movements of the unit, and events. Portions of the first few pages are missing. During the Civil War, most of the members of the Cherokee Nation who had been removed from Georgia to Oklahoma under the treaty of 1835 allied themselves with the Confederacy. The 1st Cherokee Regiment was organized in 1861. Robert Calvin Parks was a captain in Company B at the time he kept this day book. The regiment played an important role in several battles along the border of Indian Territory. References are made to Clara, Robert's wife; Sterling Price Parks, their son; Thomas J. (Jeff) Parks, Robert's brother; Aunt Susan Taylor, the wife of Richard Taylor, Robert's uncle & his mother's brother; the Riders & Albertys, relatives of Clara; and James Butler, husband of Robert's cousin and the man who shot & killed Robert.


Post sutler's day book, Fort Scott

Post sutler's day book, Fort Scott
Creator: Wilson, Hiero T.
Date: 1851-1852
This day book/ledger records the sales in the post general store. In 1844, Hiero T. Wilson partnered with John A. Bugg as the post sutlers. Bugg had been named sutler in 1843 but sold his 1/2 interest to Wilson in 1849. This volume records the name of the soldier making the purchase, the items purchased, and the cost. The store also made short term loans to soldiers to be repaid when they received pay. A number of the sales involve ale, wine, and liquor but fresh water was probably scarce at the fort. In addition to selling items to individuals, the store also sold goods to the military units stationed at the fort. The ledger entries provide a glimpse of the items that were available to soldiers stationed in the West.


Post sutler's day book, Fort Scott

Post sutler's day book, Fort Scott
Creator: Wilson, Hiero T.
Date: 1844-1845
This day book/ledger records the sales in the post general store. In 1844, Hiero T. Wilson partnered with John A. Bugg as the post sutlers. Bugg had been named sutler in 1843 but sold his 1/2 interest to Wilson in 1849. This volume records the name of the soldier making the purchase, the items purchased, and the cost. The store also made short term loans to soldiers to be repaid when they received pay. A number of the sales involve the sale of ale, wine, and liquor but fresh water was probably scarce at the fort. In addition to selling items to individuals, the store also sold goods to the military units stationed at the fort. The ledger entries provide a glimpse of the items that were available to soldiers stationed in the West.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 11

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 11
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: July 1, 1885-August 20, 1887
Volume eleven of Samuel James Reader's diary. Inside the front cover is a photograph of Reader at the age of fifty. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in shorthand. Newspaper clippings, commencement programs, election tickets and illustrations are found in the diary. During the period charted by this volume, Reader's public duties expanded to clerk of the new School District No. 93, his daughter enrolled in the Topeka Business and Normal College, and Reader bought a typewriter.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 12

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 12
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: August 21, 1887-June 15, 1891
Volume twelve of Samuel James Reader's diary. Events recorded in this volume include the destruction of his farmhouse resulting from a fire on April 8, 1890. Several illustrations, newspaper clippings, and election tickets are found inside. In addition to English, Reader writes some of the diary in shorthand.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 13

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 13
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: June 16, 1891-September 6, 1895
Volume thirteen of Samuel James Reader's diary. In this volume, Reader expresses his enjoyment of reading and photography. After taking pictures, Reader would number the prints in the margins of his diary as he developed them in his home photo lab. In November 1892, Reader voted the People's Party ticket writing in the name of Charles Curtis for Fourth District Congressman. In 1894, he voted for Governor Lorenzo Lewelling on the Prohibition ticket and for the suffrage amendment to the Kansas constitution. In addition to English, some of the diary is written in shorthand.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 14

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 14
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: 1895-1903
Volume fourteen of Samuel James Reader's diary. Reader gives a daily account of the weather, activities, and his physical condition. An entry made on March 30, 1898 comments on the death of his wife, Lizzie. Reader also attached newspaper clippings of personal interest to some pages of his diary.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 15

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 15
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: March 31, 1903-July 22, 1913
The last volume of Samuel James Reader's diary. Reader gives a daily account of the weather, activities, and his failing health. Reader describes the May 1903 flooding that affected Soldier Creek. Some pages have newspaper clippings of personal interest attached and illustrations drawn by hand. Two cyanotype photographs of Reader are attached to the April 10, 1907 and October 16, 1907 entries.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 2

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 2
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: June 1, 1853-December 31, 1853
Volume two of Samuel James Reader's diary written while his family lived in La Harpe, Illinois. Reader was only seventeen years old at the time, and the entries describe the daily life of a teenager. This is the earliest of Samuel Reader's diaries available as volume one was destroyed by a fire in 1890. A complete, searchable transcription is available by clicking on "Text Version" below.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 5

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 5
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: January 25, 1860-May 1, 1864
This volume of Samuel James Reader's diary covers most of 1860-1864. The volume begins with his family history and a description of his land claim and includes many color illustrations. Reader refers to this volume as his "private journal and a kind of autobiography." Reader lived in Indianola, Kansas in Shawnee County (formerly Jackson County). The preceding volume four was destroyed by fire. A searchable, full-text (PDF) transcription is available under "External Links" below.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 6

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 6
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: April 30, 1864-July 21, 1869
This volume of Samuel Reader's diary covers April 1864-July 1869. Reader also referred to this work as his private journal and day book. Reader lived in Indianola, Kansas, in Shawnee County. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in French and in shorthand.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 7

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 7
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: July 20, 1869-August 17, 1872
Volume seven of Samuel James Reader's diary. The main event in volume seven was the building of an iron bridge which Reader designed across Soldier Creek near his farm. He sold tickets to his lantern slide show to help raise money to pay for his share of the bridge construction. He also used money raised by his lantern slide show to fulfill his duties as a trustee of Rochester Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Shawnee County. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in shorthand.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 8

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 8
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: August 16, 1872-October 01, 1874
Volume eight of Samuel James Reader's diary during which time the community of Silver Lake, near Topeka, Kansas, was suffering from an outbreak of smallpox. About a dozen people died in Silver Lake from the disease but none of Reader's relatives were afflicted. However, his family did suffer a death on August 6, 1873 when their infant son died. In addition to English, much of the diary is written in shorthand.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 9

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 9
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: October 01, 1874-April 30, 1880
Volume nine of the diary of Samuel James Reader who lived near Topeka, Kansas. Reader attached newspaper clippings of personal interest to some pages of his diary. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in shorthand.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 10, Daybook

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 10, Daybook
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1832-1835
This volume contains transactions and expenses as recorded by the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, at St. Louis, Missouri. Expenditures included salary pay for interpreters and blacksmiths, as well as purchases of wood, coal, and corn. A searchable, full-text version of this volume is available by clicking "Text Version" below. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service.


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