Taylor Family Diaries

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Taylor, Abner
Taylor, Horace
Taylor family diaries
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder containing 2 volumes

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Scope and Content

This collection contains two diaries. The first was kept by Abner Taylor in 1830-1831. During these months he graduated from Amherst College and taught at schools in Connecticut and New York. The diary shows the impact of evangelical religion on the period. Abner, who hoped to become a minister, for the most part recorded his religious activities and analyzed his spiritual state. The diary also contains a biographical essay about Abner, written after his death in 1832.

The second diary was kept by Abner's brother Horace over the years 1834-1844. In these years Horace traveled as an itinerant peddler through Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. He also taught school in New Jersey and worked as a fisherman in Massachusetts. The diary describes his travels, his various jobs, and his religious activities and concerns.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 1964

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Taylor family


  • Diaries

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York (State)

Personal Name(s)

  • Anderson, Gladys Olds


  • Evangelicalism
  • Fishers
  • Teaching

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Collection Inventory

Folder Volume

Abner Taylor Diary 1830-1832 

1 1

Horace Taylor Diary 1834-1844 

1 2