Guide to the O. M. Slosson Diary and Farm Ledger, 1858-1860 MS 223
Nothing is known of O. M. Slosson, a farmer in up-state New York prior to the Civil War, other than what may be gleaned from his diary and ledger. He appears to have been thrifty, conscientious in repaying debts, active in church affairs, and a competent manager with broad knowledge of farm maintenance, repair, and livestock. He also seems to have had an appreciation for poetry (verse is written inside the diary’s covers), and a certain sensitivity to seasonal pleasures in the midst of farm routine, noting for example the first appearance of robins and bluebirds at the end of winter.
O. M. Slosson’s diary and ledger is a bound volume of 130 pages, with entries from August 29, 1858 to June 17, 1860, depicting Northern farm life in upstate New York just before the Civil War; Slosson’s entries give a sense of the seasonal rhythms and routines of rural community life (church, social activities, local events), as well as a farmer’s daily responsibilities and financial concerns in managing a farm during this period.
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This material is open for research.
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Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.
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Permission to publish from the O. M. Slosson Diary and Farm Ledger, MS 223, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
O. M. Slosson, Diary and Farm Ledger, 1858-1860, MS 223, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
The O. M. Slosson Diary and Farm Ledger, 1858-1860, was purchased in 1956.
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