Diary, 1865-1867, of Warren Bates Osgood (1844-1880), a Methodist preacher based in the Chicago, Illinois area. During the period in which this diary was written, Osgood was working as a teacher to support himsself through his studies. The diary contains detailed, daily entries by Osgood related to religion, methodism, looking for a teaching position, the treatment of individuals who have fallen ill, the differences between the North and South after the Civil War, and various sermons he has preached. Many names of fellow theologians and others are mentioned. There are also several clippings from various newspapers and journals related to religion and the Bible that are glued over some of the diary entries. Towards the back of the diary is a listing of Bible scripture passages for his sermons, accounts of how much Osgood was paid for his sermonsand when and where they were delivered, and lecture notes about theology.
Subjects include: football, moral science, logic in religion, sermons, theological debates in the 1860s, Camp Meetings, education of freed slaves, malarial fever, school teaching 1860s, sermons 19th century, Sunday School, Phrenology, Methodist Episcopal Church, Influenza, The Northwest Advocate, Short stories written by diarist, and Belief statements on everything from Transfiguration to Temperance.
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Warren Bates Osgood (February 5, 1844-August 17, 1880).
Osgood was a Methodist minster who put himself through his theological education by working as a school teacher in various towns around Illinois. His first sermon was preached in Berlin, IL. Married Elizabeth J. Kelley in 1873. Had one daughter, Gertrude.
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Acc. 2011.606 was received by the SCRC in September 2011.
Accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in October 2011.
Processing and finding aid completed by Rachel Thomas, SCRC staff, in November 2011.
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