William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Ohio Bookseller's Diary, 1869
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, November 2011
Ohio Bookseller's diary
The Ohio Bookseller's diary chronicles the experiences of a travelling book salesman in southwestern Ohio during the early months of 1869. He also recorded accounts, poetry, and quotations throughout the year.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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Ohio Bookseller's Diary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The author of this volume lived in southwestern Ohio. He made a living as a travelling bookseller and frequently worked in the towns of South Charleston, Jamestown, and London. He had a son Jimmie (b. 1852), and a daughter Ella (b. 1854).
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Ohio Bookseller's diary chronicles the experiences of a travelling salesman in southwestern Ohio during the early months of 1869; he also recorded accounts, poetry, and quotations throughout the year. The author consistently wrote brief daily entries between January 1 and March 8, 1869, chiefly noting his efforts to make sales, often with little success. The diarist faithfully recorded the names of acquaintances with whom he stayed, and mentioned seeing several old college friends during his time in Yellow Springs. Daily entries ended on March 8, 1869, though the author occasionally added accounts, often related to corn, as well as poetry and quotations. On one date, he drew a a music staff, labeled with note names, and recorded facts about the Bible and about the death of George Washington.
- Booksellers and bookselling--United States--History--19th century.
- Ohio--History--19th century.
- Traveling sales personnel.