Syracuse Library Special Collections, Asa Eastwood Papers, nineteenth century history, New York State history
American Studies | History | United States History
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.
Dudden, Faye. "Asa Eastwood and His Diaries, 1806-1870." The Courier, 9.1 (1971): 42-50.