Authors/Contributors

Faye Dudden

Document Type

Article

Date

10-1971

Embargo Period

1-26-2011

Keywords

Syracuse Library Special Collections, Asa Eastwood Papers, nineteenth century history, New York State history

Language

English

Disciplines

American Studies | History | United States History

Description/Abstract

Like so many men of his day, Asa Eastwood kept a diary. The four volumes he filled from 1806 to 1870 delineate nineteenth century customs, events and patterns of living and are now available for research in the Asa Eastwood Papers at Syracuse University, along with small amounts of his correspondence and legal records. Eastwood was alert to events of historical importance, and episodes such as the 1807 New York-to-Albany voyage of Fulton's Clermont or John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 did not escape mention in his diaries. Yet his entries are perhaps less significant for the passing historical scene than for the portrait they provide of Eastwood, typically a man of his time.

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