Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Nova Scotia Diary, 1877-1879

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Nova Scotia diary
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1877-1879
Bulk dates: 1877
Extent: 1 volume
The Nova Scotia diary chronicles the daily life of a carpenter and small farmer throughout much of 1877. The volume also contains several pages written in mock-African American dialect and several drawings.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


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:

Nova Scotia Diary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Little is known of the author of this diary; he owned a small farm in Nova Scotia, where he worked as a carpenter.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Nova Scotia diary chronicles the daily life of a carpenter and small farmer throughout much of 1877. The author began his diary on March 18, 1877, by relating his different activities at the beginning of the planting season. His crops were corn, potatoes, and turnips, and he also raised and sheared sheep. Throughout the year, the diarist reflected on various events in the life of his small, intimate community, which included many visits from neighbors, occasional picnics, and short vacations. He hosted a meeting of several "county lodge" delegates, and assisted other farmers with planting and harvesting their crops. In addition to attending Easter church services and celebrating the Queen's birthday, he noted the beginning of the 1st Provincial Expedition in Kentville, which opened in October. Though the author concluded his entries on October 21, 1877, he appended a number of births and marriages for the years 1877-1879. The final four pages of the book contain an imitation of an African American dialect, and include a caricature of two well-dressed African Americans sitting before a fireplace. Other drawings in the book include a pencil map of Shaw's Point, drawn before the construction of a railroad; a map of "Grandfather's place" previous to its 1862 sale; and floor plans for the upper and lower floors of "W Spurr's house," 1862.

Subject Terms

    • Agriculture--History.
    • Nova Scotia--History--19th century.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • African Americans.
    • Floor plans.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Nova Scotia diary,  1877-1879 [series]