Nelson brothers diary fragment
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This diary fragment about the family life of the Nelsons extends from November 5 through November 17, but the name of the author and the year of the diary are missing. Arthur Nelson and Walter Nelson are mentioned in the diary, and in another passage the phrase "we boys" is used by the author, suggesting that Elmer Nelson possibly is the author. Though only three pages long, the diary provides a good feel for the daily activities and the pace of life in Goshen, New Hampshire in the 1890s. Activities include shingling a barn; cutting and splitting wood; locating a skunk found by the family dog; spending time with neighbors and attending meetings. The diary also makes clear the interest the Nelsons had in photography. In addition to taking many pictures, the author writes about time spent developing the plates and creating lantern slides. The item is undated but the dates of the diary entries correspond to 1897.
|Nelson, Elmer H., 1878-1930|
|Amherst College Archives & Special Collections|
|Nelson, Elmer H., 1878-1930--Family|
Nelson, Elmer H., 1878-1930--Diaries
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