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William Price diary

 Collection — Folder: S2196
Identifier: S2196

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a photostatic copy of Dr. William Price's diary from a trip to London, England ranging from September 16 to October 17, 1816. In 1937, the original diary was in the possession of Dr. C. N. Frazier, Peiping Union Medical College, Peiping, China.


  • 1816


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

William Price, a medical doctor and agriculturalist, was born September 17, 1788 to Philip and Rachel Price in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennyslvania and traveled to London, England in 1816 as well as to Paris, France several times in his younger years. Price married Hannah Fisher, daughter of MIers and Sarah (Redwood) Fisher, on October 4, 1820, and they had several children: Sallie, Emily B., Sarah Redwood, Caroline Fisher, Henrietta Hoskins, Helene, Josephine Warner, Annette Marie, and William Redwood. A Quaker, Price and his family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until Price became fascinated with Robert Owen's teaching philosophy and moved his family to Owen's settlement, New Harmony, Indiana in 1825 amongst the first settlers. There Price became superintendant of the department of agriculture in the "New Harmony Community of Equality." Within a few yars, the Prices moved to Cincinatti, Ohio where he became a member of the state legislature and practiced medicine. Hannah Price died October 4, 1850 and William Price died January 27, 1860 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sources: "William Price." U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885.. Accessed December 8, 2015. "William Price." U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Pitzer, Donald E. "The Original Boatload of Knowledge Down the Ohio River: William Maclure's and Robert Owen's Transfer of Science and Education to the Midwest" Ohio Journal of Science 89, no. 5 (Dec. 1989): 131. Accessed December 8, 2015.;jsessionid=7ED5761EDD13A753F6BBCDAD83E40273?sequence=1.

Storey, Henry Wilson. History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, vol. 3. (Butler, PA: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907), 23. Accessed December 8, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dr. C. N. Frazier on 1937/07/23.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1083: Phillip Price collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/25 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/25 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/12/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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