Harry A. Joslyn Collection (DeKalb County), 1860-1905
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Brief Description:

The Harry A. Joslyn Collection (1860-1905) provides excellent documentation for the study of rural life in DeKalb County, Illinois during the second half of the nineteenth century.  The bulk of the collection consists of a series of 39 diaries (1865-1905) written by Harry A. Joslyn of Cortland and Sycamore.  Diaries for 1890 and 1891 are missing.  Daily entries vary in length but generally include information on family life work activities, politics, weather, and social life.

Two additional diaries were written by Harry A. Joslyn’ s sons, James and William.  There are two folders of financial records, estate documents, bills, receipts, and business cards.  One volume contains tax collector’s records for the years 1860-1862.  More detailed biographical and genealogical information is available in Box 1, folder 1.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/183
Volume: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/08/1986.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Cortland (Ill.)
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Family farms
Farm life
Joslyn, Harry A.
Sycamore (Ill.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: William H. Joslyn  William H. Joslyn donated the Harry A. Joslyn Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 8, 1986.
Related Materials: Researchers should consult the Center’s Guide and Vertical File Manuscript Collection for information on other family collections.