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.
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.
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.
Ancestry.com. "Paul Herring." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 7, 2015. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
"Paul Herring Commits Suicide by Hanging in Shed." Goshen Daily Democrat, November 21, 1917, 1.
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