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Charles Tillotson Diary

Identifier: SC 01034

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Scope and Contents

Diary, 1848-1858, of Charles Tillotson of Elkhart, Indiana. Includes detailed entries about key events in Tillotson's life. There is a description Tillotson leaving school and returning to Elkhart, Indiana, from Cleveland, Ohio, including details about jobs he worked on the way. Tillotson also went on a 2,400 mile trip across the country looking for work, eventually being trained as a tinsmith. Finally, Tillotson writes about the death of his friend Charles Beldon, who claims that he was murdered.

Also included are lists of books that Tillotson has read and borrowed, poetry written by Tillotson, as well as some events in world history.


  • Creation: 1848-1858


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


0.01 Linear Foot

Physical Description

6.5 inches x 7.5 inches

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in December 2011.

Guide to the Charles Tillotson Diary
Finding Aid Authors: Benjamin Bromley, Public Services Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository