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“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train”
Typical Record Formats
Diaries and journals come in various formats, including: bound volumes of loose manuscript entries; notebooks containing manuscript entries; appointment dairies with annotations and comments; bundles of loose or bound typescript entries; drafts for publication; published editions.
The following are common categories of information which feature in this record type:
- Date, often including day of the week
- Location of author whilst writing, and places visited recently
- Comments on weather, current events, political happenings, etc.
- Emotions and feelings of the author
- Family life and occurrences
- Source Guide Diaries and Journals List of key diaries and journals at HHC
Additional supporting material
The following secondary literature provides contextual background and useful further information when trying to understand and use this record type:
- Alexandra Johnson, A Brief History of Diaries: From Pepys to Blogs (2011)
- Elizabeth Bohls, Ian Duncan, Travel Writing 1700-1830 An Anthology (2008)
- Batsheva Ben-Amos, Dan Ben-Amos, The Diary: The Epic of Everyday Life (2020)