Guide to the Diaries and Journals Collection, 1759-1943

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Diaries and Journals Collection
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Diaries and Journals Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

OP-28/1 purchased with funds donated by Patty Gibian in August 2001 (Acc. 2001.33); Folder 2 gift of the Bortz Library – Hampden-Sydney College in November 2013 (Acc. RL2013.87); SV-28/1 gift of Helen Marshall Hall Brown in July 2014 (Acc. RL2014.48); SV-28/2 gift of Richard Guidebeck in 2013 (Acc. RL2013.40); Folders 13 and 14 gifts of the estate of Charles Congdon in 1983; Folder 16 gift of Deborah Taylor in 2018 (Acc. RL2018.19).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Subject Headings

  • Genre Term
    • Journals (Diaries).
  • Topical Term
    • Travel.
    • Travel writing.
    • Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
  • Geographic Term
    • Nantucket Island (Mass.).

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of diaries and journals assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. The collection encompasses personal writings pertaining to Nantucket, Mass.

Materials in the collection originate both from donors and from the Nantucket Historical Association’s archives.

Scope and Content

The Diaries and Journals Collection includes diaries and journals that describe people, events, weather, and travels to and from Nantucket, Mass.


Box 1 Folder 1 Journal of Maria Manning Bostwick, 1822-1823
Box 1 Folder 2 Diary of R.R. Pinkham, 1823, September 1828
Box 1 Folder 3 Journal of Benjamin Chamberlin, 1843
Photocopy of four pages.
SV-28/1 Illustrated journal of Seymour N. Galland, 1888-1890
SV-28/2 Diary of Helen S. Gilbert, 1899
SV-28/3 Typed diary of Helen Louise Backus Shaw, 1941-1943
Box 1 Folder 4 Unidentified diary, 1821-1832
Contains handwritten transcription and photocopy.
Box 1 Folder 5 Unidentified journal, 1828-1831
Box 1 Folder 6 Unidentified shipping log, 1831-1848
Box 1 Folder 7 Unidentified journal, 1834
Box 1 Folder 8 Journal of unidentified youth, 1838
Box 1 Folder 9 Unidentified journal, 1851-1852
Box 1 Folder 10 Unidentified loose page, 1852-1853
Box 1 Folder 11 Diary of unidentified youth, 1855
SV-28/4 Diary of unidentified woman, 1856-1873
Contains clippings.
Box 1 Folder 12 Unidentified loose page, 1870-1875
SV-28/5 Journal of unidentified woman, circa 1928-1929
OP-28/1 Unidentified diary pages, February-December 1913
Box 1 Folder 13 Unidentified journal, 1766-1781
Box 1 Folder 14 Unidentified diary, 1801-1803
Box 1 Folder 15 Peat Swamp journal, 1759-1772
Box 1 Folder 16 Unidentified journal, 1858-1898

Items Separated

  • Separated Volumes (SV-28/1-5)
  • Oversize Paper Item (OP-28/1)

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, October 2018.

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