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Harry W. Wilson Diaries

Collection ID

SCRC 187

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Collection Summary

Harry W. Wilson Diaries


Collection ID
SCRC 187

Wilson, Harry W., 1865-1890

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.


Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Harry W. Wilson was born on November 15, 1865. He lived in Philadelphia, was a rugby enthusiast, volunteered at a city mission, travelled in Pennsylvania and Maryland "selling bills," and worked in a store. He both studies and taught classes at Temple College, listed as a student in 1888-89 and as a Tutor in History in 1889-90. He died on September 23, 1890.

Description of Collection

This collection consists of three volumes of short entry daily diaries, dating 1888, 1889, and 1890. The diaries note Wilson’s daily activities, church attendance, Temple lectures attended and taught, playing rugby, and mention Temple’s founder, Russell H. Conwell, as well as other teachers and administrators. Also included are lists of income and expenses. Notes by family members after the last entry by Wilson describe his death.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5840962~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Harry W. Wilson Diaries are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number],Harry W. Wilson Diaries, SCRC 187, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Richard Hastings, January 29, 2001.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in October 2015 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Conwell, Russell H., 1843-1925
Wilson, Harry W., 1865-1890

Corporate Names:
Temple University -- Faculty
Temple University -- History
Temple University -- Students

College students -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types: