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Diary of Thomas J. Allen

Call Number: RH MS C84


Thomas J. Allen recorded his daily life, personal reflections, and some references to his occupation as a printer in this diary kept from 1854-1858. During this period, Allen lived in southern Wisconsin, Kansas Territory, and Ohio. Included in this diary is Allen's description of his travel to Kansas Territory via the Missouri River, beginning in St. Louis, through Kansas City, and ending in Wyandot (Wyandotte).


  • Creation: 1854-1858


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1 volume (+ 1 folder) ; 21 x 17 cm

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Allen describes most fully his daily life in southern Wisconsin. His mention of Kansas Territory is limited to the journey there by riverboat, with brief commentary on the political climate. Allen leaves the Territory for Cleveland, Ohio, in Spring of 1858, having resided in Kansas Territory for only one year.

The content of this diary is written in separate sections, which are not written consecutively. Interspersed with diary entries are penmanship exercises, account records, and literary quotations.

Loose material, including 2 envelopes, calling cards, and a printed event invitation are shelved separately at RH MS P631.

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS P631

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Carmen Valentino, November 2004

Guide to the Thomas J. Allen Collection
Diary of Thomas J. Allen
Finding aid prepared by amc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by amc, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2023.
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<p>Diary of Thomas J. Allen, Kansas Collection, RH MS C84, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries</p>

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