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Jack Paton Diary

Identifier: SC 00843

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Scope and Contents

Diary of Jack Paton (1903-1972) for the year 1923. In daily entries Paton talks mainly about his work as a scout leader and about jobs he had playing music, mostly in the evenings, attending church, being homesick, etc. Some entries mention his job at a large oil company. He also records his monthly wages, income from music as well as his expenses: board, money sent home and general expenditures. Mentions his membership in a Scottish organization.

Entry on the back cover reads:“Notice - In event of anything happening to me seriously, send this and the previous diary to Mrs. Paton 25 Moss St. Paisling Scotland. Thank you, Jack Paton.”

The diary, 86 pages, measures about 4 ¼” x 7 ¼”, and is written in a book that says “Army Book 136.” The last few pages are partly faded.

For a selection of excerpts, provided by the seller, see finding aid link below.


  • Creation: 1923


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Biographical Information:

In 1923, Jack Paton, who was born in Scotland in 1903, lived in Casper, Wyoming, where he worked for a large oil company. In the evenings and on weekends he also worked as a musician and scout leader. He died in Washington State in 1972. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Physical Description

1 volume.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and described in August 2009 by Ute Schechter.

Guide to the Jack Paton Diary
Finding Aid Authors: Ute Schechter.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository