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Paul Herring diary

 Collection — Folder: S0640
Identifier: S0640

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 97 photocopied pages of Paul Herring's 1873 diary. Herring's entries are in both English and German and he refers to himself as "the writer". Most entries start with a description of the weather and they relate daily activities of his family and himself. Remarks about farming activities are a common theme, but he also describes special days such as Decoration Day (May 30), Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Also included are hymns in German, and poems by Burns, Wordsworth, Byron, Longfellow, Browning, Tennyson, and many others.


  • 1873


Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Paul Herring was born on April 10, 1852 in Germany to Dr. Frederick and Amelia Herring. In 1855, he and his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana. Herring studied medicine under his father, but never practiced as a physician. He lived the remainder of his life in Goshen, before committing suicide on November 20, 1917.

Sources: "Paul Herring." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 7, 2015.

"Paul Herring Commits Suicide by Hanging in Shed." Goshen Daily Democrat, November 21, 1917, 1.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Elkhart County High School on 1969/10/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/07 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.