Jacob and Eliza Stouffer journals

The journals of Jacob and Eliza Ryder Stouffer tell the story of an American family living in central Pennsylvania throughout the mid-nineteenth century. They describe work done on their farm, daily weather conditions and short passages about the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg. The...

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Main Author: Stouffer, Jacob and Eliza (Creator)
Collection:Jacob and Eliza Stouffer Journals
Collection Number:3051
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
Online Access:Link to finding aid
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Physical Description: 2.7 Linear feet 2.7 linear feet, 1 box, 51 volumes
Summary: The journals of Jacob and Eliza Ryder Stouffer tell the story of an American family living in central Pennsylvania throughout the mid-nineteenth century. They describe work done on their farm, daily weather conditions and short passages about the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg. The diaries begin on January 1, 1843, as Jacob stands to inherit his father’s mill. He continues to keep this meticulous, uninterrupted record until April 24, 1880, ten days before his death. In between, Jacob avoids discussion of personal matters, choosing instead to focus on farm business. On occasion, he strays from this to make observations about the natural world, report family news, or note events in town. His wife Eliza’s eleven diaries (1862-1874, with some gaps) are similar, although the work she describes focuses more on the house and yard and her entries include more family detail than corresponding entries in Jacob’s journals.