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George W. Fetterman Diaries

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2010.498

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Contains a sixty-year account of the life of George W. Fetterman, a western New York farmer. He started out as a laborer in Clarkson, NY, working for local farmers, including the Dennison, Garland, Garrison, Moore, Green, and King families. He later moved to Pendleton, NY, where he had a farm with his wife Eliza Prosser and daughter Dorothy. He frequently mentioned the nearby city of Lockport where he conducted business.The brief daily diary entries describe events of the day, chiefly work accomplished. Some of his main farming duties included working in orchards, threshing wheat, and harvesting corn. In the earlier diaries (between 1890 and 1910), his main form of recreation was attending church, prayer meetings, and “sings” several times a week, as well as reading books in the evening. In later years, he tended to listen to the radio for evening entertainment.


  • Creation: 1890-1950

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1.25 Linear Feet

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Physical Description

60 volumes.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in September 2010. Processing completed by Lisa Sparks Carpenter in December 2010 and January 2011.

Guide to the George W. Fetterman Diaries
Benjamin Bromley, Public Services Archives Specialist and Lisa Sparks Carpenter, American Studies Intern.
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository