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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
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)