American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Memory, Exhibit Object Focus

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Keeping Memories

1889 diary page kept during her tenure as president of the American Red Cross and the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood
Clara Barton
1889 diary page kept during her tenure as president of the American Red Cross and the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood
Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (14A)

Diary for the South Seas. September 1839 "Tahiti" illustration of Morai on left-hand page
Titian Ramsay Peale
Diary for the South Seas. September 1839 “Tahiti” illustration of Morai on left-hand page
Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (14B)

Diary entry October 1, 1864
Christian Fleetwood
Diary entry for June 15, 1864
Diary entry for June 19, 1864
noting that President Lincoln and General Grant had passed his bivouac
Diary entry for Sept. 27, 1864
Diary entry October 1, 1864
recounting Civil War battle at Chaffin's Farm
near Richmond, for which Fleetwood
was awarded the Congressional
Medal of Honor
Diary entry for October 5, 1864
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (14C, 14C.1, p1-p4)

Recorded history comes in all forms but probably the most intimate is the personal diary. Diaries can contain private thoughts, provide a personal view of daily routines or public events, include mundane inventories, or catalogue human idiosyncracies. They offer readers a unique perspective, albeit not always honest, and reveal as much about human nature as the facts and figures they can contain. The Library's Manuscript Division has a wealth of diaries by famous authors as well as ones by writers now unknown. Although there are other such volumes interspersed throughout this exhibition, the five diaries on display here are a gateway into the Memory section of the exhibition--the public and personal side of history as they are revealed in the collections of the Library of Congress.

1908 diary entry for "Apple Pie,"
Alcott Farrar Elwell (1886-1962)
1908 diary entry for "Apple Pie," from his holograph notebook of recipes used while
serving as a camp cook for the expedition of the U.S. Geodetic Survey's
Roosevelt Lignite
Conservation Survey in Wyoming, 1908
Manuscript Division (14D)


Walt Whitman
"Friday, Saturday, Sunday --
December 20 and 21 was at Falmouth
opposite Fredericksburg
"
1862 diary kept during the Civil War
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (46A.7)


George S. Patton
Diary entry for December 6, 1942
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (70)

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