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Josiah Hurty journal

 Collection — Folder: S2997
Identifier: S2997

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of a journal kept by Josiah Hurty from 1849 to 1864 and transcribed by his great-granddaughter Alice Austin Martin in 1998. The bulk of the journal ranges from January 1860 to September 1864 and consists of Hurty’s entries regarding his daily activities and travels. Of special note are his comments about the events leading up to and following the start of the Civil War. The collection also includes biographical sketches regarding Josiah, Ann and their children.


  • 1849-1864, 1998


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 / Historical

Josiah Hurty was born on August 14, 1814 at Lowville, Lewis County, New York to John and Elizabeth Hurty. He began teaching in a log school house when he was about 17 years old. While pursuing his own education, he continued to teach school in a number of New York communities, including Warsaw where he met Ann Irene Walker. They were married on June 8, 1843 and became the parents of 5 children. In 1845, the family moved to the Ohio Valley where Hurty served as superintendent at a number of schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and at times also conducted his own private schools. In 1866, the Hurtys moved to Paris, Edgar County, Illinois and lived there for the next 20 years. He passed away at the age of 75 on October 1, 1889.


Information found with collection.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The journal in this collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Alice A. Martin in 1998/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/03 by Laura Eliason.
Josiah Hurty journal
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.