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Squire Osborne Deaver Diary,1874-1896 (bulk 1886-1896)

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Squire Osborne Deaver Diary


1874-1896 (bulk 1886-1896)


Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Squire Osborne Deaver Diary, KYSX244-A, 1874-1896 (bulk 1886-1896)Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


.1 lin. ft.


Deaver, a Republican, returned to his farm in North Carolina from Washington D. C., where he apparently held a patronage position until the Democrats were returned to power in 1885. Throughout the period of the diary (1886 - 1896) he farmed and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Mars Hill College.

Scope and Content

This is a photocopy of a typed transcription of the diary of Squire Osborne Deaver of Madison County, North Carolina.

Transcribed diary entries (ca. 220 pages) detail Deaver's routine as a farmer, weather conditions, and activities of family members and friends. Frequently mentioned, in addition to Deaver family members, are relatives from the Lunsford, McElroy, and Sexton families. Also included are remarks on political events both within the county and nationally. The latter are of interest, as the Deaver family, having been anti-slavery and Republican in an area where such positions were unpopular, was one of some controversy in the area.


  • Madison County, North Carolina -- Republicans
  • Madison County, North Carolina -- Farm life
  • Madison County, North Carolina -- Politics
  • Farm life -- Personal narratives
  • Slavery -- Anti-slavery movements
  • Madison County, North Carolina -- Family life

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Open to researchers.

Related Material

KYSX242-A supplies further information on the collection of which this series is a part.

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