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George W. Lindsay Diary, 1858

 Collection — Box: 1 (undersize), Volume: 1
Identifier: UA 5.033

Scope and Contents

One dark brown memo book, 2.75" x 4", containing George Lindsay's diary from his time at the College of William and Mary and at home in Richmond. At the end of the diary is a list of names and list of expenditures.

Lindsay’s activities include going on walks in the evening with friends; attending church every Sunday, either Episcopal or Baptist churches; taking lessons in math and history; attending parties such as Mrs. Tucker's; studying hard; and going on school picnics. His friend Sam is mentioned frequently. A few highlights: July 5: Commencement at the College of William and Mary.

July 6: Leaves Williamsburg for his home in Richmond for the summer.

While in Richmond, he mentions a lady he loves named Belle. They spend most of the summer together going to town and visiting nearby towns such as Newport News and Hampton.

October 9: Returns to Williamsburg to continue with school.


  • Creation: 1858


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Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

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Biographical / Historical

William and Mary student (1857-1859). Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


0.1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 1989.008

Processing Information

Description of diary entries written by Vicky O'Brien, SCRC Staff, in April 2009.


Guide to the George W. Lindsay Diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository