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Series 8: Diaries, 1797-1888, inclusive


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the series includes the diaries Henry Evelyn Pierrepont (senior) maintained for the last decade of his life, from 1877 until March 19, 1888, nine days prior to his death. The numbering of the diaries, and an 1855 fragment, suggest that Pierrepont maintained a diary for many decades, but these are not in the collection and are not known to be extant. Each diary covers one calendar year and is numbered consecutively. The entries are handwritten and each diary begins with a one-page timeline of the year's major events.

Daily entries typically include notes on the weather, Pierrepont's activities for the day, and other events of significance to Pierrepont. Though most are brief factual statements, Pierrepont expresses personal opinions about many matters. The daily entries are generally brief and concern the range of Pierrepont's interests: family, finances, commercial activities, civic activities, and politics. Personal notes include such matters as reflections on family deaths and lists of New Year's Day callers on Pierrepont and Pierrepont's calls on others. Pierrepont includes observations on local events, such as the blizzard of March 1888, and on some national events, such as his concern about communism in response to railroad labor strife in the summer of 1877. The diaries include descriptions of his travel, including at least one trip to Europe, in 1878. The series includes a separate log of his travels over four decades.

Miscellaneous documents found in the diaries remain in the series. Among these is an acknowledgement of payment signed by G. Stuart for portraits for William Constable (1797), a letter from Pierrepont to State Senator Kirnan requesting his support in defeating a bill (1884), and an almanac page with information about the Brooklyn Bridge (1884).

Also in the series are typescript transcriptions of extracts from diaries of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont and biographical notes.


Henry Evelyn Pierrepont's diaries are presented first, in chronological order. Miscellaneous material found with a diary is foldered with the diary or in a separate folder immediately following. The final two folders hold the transcribed excerpts from the Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont diaries.

Henry E: Diaries (14 folders), 1877-1888, inclusive

Box: 7, Folder: 1-14 (Material Type: Text)

Henry E: Diary Summary, 1855, inclusive

Box: 7, Folder: 15 (Material Type: Text)

Henry E: Travel Log, 1843-1885, inclusive

Box: 7, Folder: 16 (Material Type: Text)

Hezekiah B: Diary Extracts and Historical Notes (2 folders), 1806-1820, inclusive

Box: 7, Folder: 17, 18 (Material Type: Text)
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