- Copeland, John Milton
- Call number
- MssCol 666
- Physical description
- 1 folder
- Preferred Citation
John M. Copeland diary, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- MssCol 666
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Typescript of a diary kept by John Milton Copeland in the mining town of Georgetown, Colorado, from January 30 to December 27, 1876. The majority of the diary is made up of short entries on daily life, such as Copeland's wages and expenditures and the weather (he complains about dust, mud, and rain). Copeland writes that Georgetown had the "stillness of death" because of poor mining prospects and economic decline, as well as a number of deaths from pneumonia. Copeland makes several references to politics, including the voting count from the successful bid to grant Colorado statehood, the Silver Question, and disputes, both local and national, between Democrats and Republicans. He also mentions an incident where "Italians engaged in a general shooting at Silver Plume.".
Source of acquisition
Gift of, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Draper, California Academy of Sciences, 1961
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Location of originals
Original diary owned by Genevieve Nowlin, Kansas City, Missouri