Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Albert Brown Hale Diaries, 1894-1931

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Albert Brown Hale diaries
Creator: Hale, Albert Brown, 1869-1947
Inclusive dates: 1894-1931
Bulk dates: 1912-1931
Extent: 13 volumes
Abstract:
Albert Brown Hale, a shoemaker and factory foreman from West Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts, kept these 13 diaries between 1894 and 1931. He regularly recorded daily events, such as his work experiences, social life, and family news.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1994. M-3008.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Albert Brown Hale Diaries, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Albert Brown Hale was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1869, the son of Samuel Hale, a shoemaker, and Sarah Ann Dunning. He worked as a shoemaker in West Newbury until moving to Haverhill, Massachusetts, around 1900. He lived in Haverhill for the rest of his life, and worked as a foreman in a shoe factory. On January 22, 1901, he married Minnie May Drew (1877-1970), and they had one son, Hazen Goodrich Hale, born on December 11, 1904. Albert Brown Hale died on February 10, 1947.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Albert Brown Hale, a shoemaker and factory foreman from West Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts, kept these 13 diaries between 1894 and 1931. He regularly recorded daily events, such as his work experiences, social life, and family news.

Each diary is a pre-printed daily diary: the 1894 volume is "The Standard Diary;" the remaining volumes (1912-1931) were published by the Pfister & Vogel Company. Hale wrote lengthy entries each day, describing the day's events, and inserted important names, places, subjects, and events in block letters for emphasis. Hale's writing details his activities, particularly his shoemaking work, routine manual tasks, and his social life. Throughout 1894, he kept a record of the number and types of shoes he made each day. Hale frequently called on friends, attended community events, and traveled around Massachusetts. Many entries reflect his involvement with Haverhill's local Masonic Lodge. In his later diaries, he reported some of his son's activities. Though Hale focused primarily on his personal experiences, he occasionally wrote brief lines about important news events, such as developments during World War I and United States presidential elections.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Freemasons--Massachusetts.
    • Haverhill (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
    • Shoe industry--Massachusetts.
    • Shoemakers--Massachusetts.
    • United States--History--1901-1953.
    • West Newbury (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Albert Brown Hale diaries [series]
    Volume   1  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1894
    Volume   2  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1912
    Volume   3  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1913
    Volume   4  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1914
    Volume   5  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1915
    Volume   6  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1917
    Volume   7  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1920
    Volume   8  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1922
    Volume   9  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1924
    Volume   10  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1925
    Volume   11  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1928
    Volume   12  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1930
    Volume   13  
    Albert Brown Hale diary,  1931