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Guide to the William H. Paine Papers
1848-1932 (bulk 1848-1895)
 MS 475

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Container List

Series I: Diaries

Scope and Content Note

Series I consists of 42 diaries belonging to Paine, and one diary belonging to his wife, Catherine J. Paine.

Paine's diaries document both his professional and private life. His early diaries (1848-1860) document his travel from New Hampsire to Sheboygan, Wisconsin and from Wisconsin to California during the Gold Rush. His diaries documenting his experiences while traveling to and in California during the Gold Rush are particularly detailed. In these entries, Paine records his observances of several mining regions in California paying particular attention to sites in El Dorado, California including Placerville, Sutter's Creek and Spanish Flat. Paine documents the towns specifically as well as mining engineering and prospecting in general. Paine also documents his travel back to Sheboygan by boat with stops in Mexico, Panama, San Juan, the West Indies, Havana and New York City; completing the route by railroad through Michigan and Illinois.

Paine's 1860-1865 diaries detail his work as a topographical engineer for the Army of the Potomac. These entries are largely written during his time in Washington D.C. and Virginia. Additionally, Paine has diaries from this time period that consist of departmental orders, headquarter notes and accounts related to his military work.

Paine's later diaries (1865-1890) are largely written while he was living in Brooklyn, N.Y. and consist mostly of personal entires. There are only two diaries from Paine's time working on the Brookyln Bridge, with little mention of his specific work. Throughout his diaries, Paine talks frequently of religion, often citing sermons he attended.

The diary of Catherine J. Paine has very few entries, and appears to be largely written after William Paine's death in 1890.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Diary, Partial Transcript
1848 - 1854
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Diary
1848 - 1849
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Diary
1849
Box: 1 Diary
1850 - 1851
Box: 1 Diary
1852 March - August
Box: 1 Diary
1852 August - 1854 May
Box: 1 Diary
1854 May - 1855 November
Box: 1 Diary
1855 November - 1856 May
Box: 1 Diary
1856 May - 1857 December
Box: 1 Diary
1858 January - July
Box: 1 Diary
1858 July - September
Box: 1 Diary
1858 October - 1959 June
Box: 1 Diary
1859 July - 1860 July
Box: 1 Diary
1860 July - December
Box: 1 Diary
1860 December - May 1861
Box: 1 Diary
1861 May - October
Box: 1 Diary, Accounts
1862 - 1865
Box: 1 Diary
1861 November - 1862 May
Box: 1 Diary
1862 September - 1863 June
Box: 1 Diary
1863 June - November
Box: 1 Diary
1863 November - 1864 February
Box: 1 Diary, Religious
1863
Box: 1 Diary
1863
Box: 1 Diary, Headquarters Notes
1863
Box: 1 Diary
1863
Box: 1 Diary
1864 February - April
Box: 1 Diary
1864 May - June
Box: 1 Diary, Orders
1864 May
Box: 1 Diary, Orders
1864 May - June
Box: 1 Diary, Orders
1864 June - July
Box: 1 Diary
1864 June - 1864 August
Box: 1 Diary
1864 September - 1865 February
Box: 1 Diary
1865 March - May
Box: 1 Diary, Orders
1865 March - April
Box: 1 Diary
1865 June - September
Box: 1 Diary
1865 September - 1866 April
Box: 1 Diary
1866 April - December
Box: 1 Diary
1867 January - 1868 December
Box: 1 Diary
1869 January - July
Box: 1 Diary
1889 - 1890
Box: 1 Diary
Undated
Box: 1 Diary of Katherine Paine
1893

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