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  • Janet Schaw (c.1740 - 1802)
    Janet Schaw, traveler and diarist, was born in Lauriston, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. Little is known about her personal life. The editors of her journal conjecture that at the time of her voyag...
  • (CSA), John Paris (1809 - 1883)
    John Paris, Methodist Protestant clergyman, Confederate chaplain, and author, was born in that part of Orange County that became Alamance in 1849, the son of Henry and Mary Johnston Paris. There appe...
  • Martha Ballard (1734 - bef.1812)
    Martha Moore was born in 1735 in the small central Massachusetts town of Oxford. She kept kept a diary from the age of fifty, without which her biography would be little more than a succession of dat...
  • Colonel Thomas Miles Garrett (CSA) (1830 - 1864)
    Thomas Miles Garrett, attorney and Confederate officer, was one of three children of Jesse Garrett and his wife, Cynthia Rayner. His father died relatively young and his mother married Wiley Hayes, b...
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    Henry Armand London (1846 - 1918)
    Henry Armand London, journalist and lawyer, was born in Pittsboro, the son of Henry Adolphus and Sally Lord London. He attended the Pittsboro Academy before entering the sophomore class at The Univer...


A diarist is person who keeps a diary.

A diary is a record of personal experiences, observations and reflections, usually written daily; also called a journal, although journal-writing can be less frequent.

Diaries often provides information for memoirists, autobiographers or biographers but they are not generally written with the intention of being published as they stand. Many diaries of notable figures have been published and are important elements of autobiographical literature.

Please link profiles of diarists on GENi to this project - whether famous or not!

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Notable Diarists not on GENI

  • Edith Blackwell Holden (1871 – 1920) was a British artist and art teacher. She became famous following the posthumous publication of her Nature Notes for 1906, in facsimile form, as the book The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in 1977, which was an enormous publishing success, frequently given as a gift.
  • Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (1880 – 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar; In 1989, per his instructions, Alfred A. Knopf published Mencken's "secret diary" as The Diary of H. L. Mencken.
  • Maurice Paleologue. Last French Ambassador to the Russian court of the Romanovs. Saw the revolution at first hand and recorded it in his elegant diaries.
  • Robert Shields, 1918-2007. Diarist who, from 1972 to 1997, kept a diary chronicling every 5 minutes. His work filled 94 cartons which cannot be accessed in any way until October 15, 2057. Quote : "I've written 1200 poems and at least five of 'em are good"
  • George Templeton Strong (1820-1875). American lawyer and diarist. His 2,250-page diary provides a striking account of life in the 19th century, especially in the American Civil War. Described as "perhaps the northern equivalent of South Carolina's Mary Chesnut: quotable, opinionated, and a careful follower of events."
  • Kenneth Charles Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988) was an English comic actor and comedian - The Diary of a Madman

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