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Alden E. Johnson diaries, 1862-1911
Johnson, Alden E., 1847-1911.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 229  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Johnson, Alden E., 1847-1911.
Title : Alden E. Johnson diaries, 1862-1911 (bulk: 1899-1911).
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
Summary :

His diaries contain information about the temperature, in some cases diagramming the monthly temperature range. There also are shadings and marks that seem to refer to the weather. As well, there is a daily summary limited to one line per day, where he has noted the work he was doing, places visited, people seen, etc. Much of this refers to splitting wood, working on books, developing photos, sugaring, plowing and planting, mowing, shearing sheep, or going to Sunday meeting and choir. He also notes his days of ill health.

The accounting section of each diary is very detailed, often dealing in very small amounts. He broke the accounts into sections, dealing with Sugar Income, Poultry, Produce (potato, corn, oats, apples, etc), Bookbinding, Labor (auditor, court, school, chores), Groceries and Provisions, Fuel and Light, Taxes and Interest, Clothing, Repairs to Fixtures, Utensils, Papers and Stationary, Photography, and Entertainment. The sections changed over the years, evidently with a shift towards bookbinding and photography and away from farming activities. Towards the end he added a Doctor's Fees section.

There is also a strange diary, with a single page devoted to a single year, starting in 1862 when he was 15, ending in 1902 when he was 55. In this the entries consist of dots, stars, single letters, circles with a dot in the middle, dotted lines, with a few identifiable names or places.

Biographical or historical data :

Alden E. Johnson was born in Plymouth, Vermont, in 1847, and died in the same town on the 14th of May, 1911. He was a single man, son of Cyrus Johnson and Eurydice Boynton Johnson, both born in Plymouth. At his death his profession was listed as artist and bookbinder, though from the account books he seemed to have derived his living from bookbinding, photography, farming, odd jobs, and work for the town as auditor and school director.

Subject Term : Weather Vermont.
Cost and standard of living Vermont Plymouth.
Agriculture Vermont Plymouth.
Geographic Term : Vermont Climate.
Plymouth (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Ciphers codes.
Occupation : Bookbinders.
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