Charles B. Armstrong diary (1877-1880)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, July 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Charles B. Armstrong diary
Creator: Armstrong, Charles B., d. 1886
Inclusive dates: 1877-1880
Extent: 1 volume
The Charles B. Armstrong diary details the religious aspects of a Methodist minister's daily life during the late 19th century.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

2001. M-4126.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

Charles B. Armstrong Diary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Charles B. Armstrong was born in Gallopville, New York, in the mid-19th century, and by 1877 completed training to become a Methodist minister. From 1877-1879, Armstrong served congregations in North Bennington and South Shaftsbury, Vermont. In 1878, he moved to Clintonville, New York, where he led a congregation until around 1880. He married, and had at least one daughter, Susan (m. Ryder). Armstrong died of pneumonia in 1886.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Charles B. Armstrong diary details the religious aspects of a Methodist minister's daily life in New York during the late 19th century. Armstrong composed the volume between September 1, 1877, and April 1880, and stated, "to the…interests which pertain to my work and what-ever may be [desirable] to remember…will this record be kept." The diary consists primarily of brief entries encapsulating his work in the ministry. Armstrong often mentioned ideas for sermons, including relevant Biblical passages, and occasionally transcribed longer excerpts from these sermons. Throughout this period, Armstrong was involved in many aspects of his church, and detailed church meetings, prayer meetings, and his involvement in local life; for example, he often recorded funerals he attended or at which he preached. At the end of the diary, Armstrong kept several financial records, including accounts with parishioners and lists of gifts and collections.

Other records include:
  • List of Names of Those for Whom I Pray Daily
  • Rechord of Funerals Attended at Clintonville 1878-1880 [sic]
  • Rechord of Baptism on Clintonville [Charge] 1878-8[0] [sic]
  • Marriage Rechord of Clintonville NY [1878-1880] [sic]
  • Calls Made on Clintonville Charge 1878-9

Subject Terms

  • Clergy--Vermont.
  • Methodist Church.
  • North Bennington (Vt.)
  • Shaftsbury (Vt.)
  • United States--Religion--19th century.
Genre Terms:
  • Accounts.
  • Diaries.

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Charles B. Armstrong diary,  1878-1880 [series]