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William Wilson diaries

Identifier: V156

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 16 volumes containing the diaries of William Wilson of Clinton County, Indiana. Ranging from 1880 to 1920, the diary entries include descriptions of farm life, social activities, and economic conditions along with personal finance notations and copies of affidavits regarding his disablity from his service in the Civil War. The first volume was originally a ledger used in 1859 and Wilson's first diary entry on December 29, 1880 mentions that he went to visit Sam Holiday and Sam gave him the ledger. In addition to diary entries, the second volume contains Wilson's August 4, 1865 discharge paper from the 154th Regiment and the fourth volume has a photograph of an older gentleman with "William Wilson" written below but partially crossed out.


  • 1859-1920


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

William Wilson was born August 4, 1846 in Kirklin, Clinton County, Indiana to Alfred and Sarah Wilson. On April 10, 1865, he enlisted as a member of Company F, 154th Indiana Regiment and served until his discharge on August 4, 1865 during the last days of the Civil War. He returned home to Clinton County and the next year married Sarah Steele on March 20, 1866. A farmer by trade, he was the father of three children and passed away at the age of 73 on May 26, 1920.


Information found within collection.

"Close of a Long and Useful Life." Frankfort Crescent-News (IN), May 27, 1920.


1.6 Cubic Feet (16 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/07/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/07/22 by Laura Eliason.
William Wilson diaries
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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