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  • Susan Hart Magoffin (1828 - 1855)
    The granddaughter of Revolutionary War hero & first governor of Kentucky Issac Shelby, Susan Shelby married Santa Fe trader Samuel Magoffin. They became wealthy from the trade & traveled across the U...
  • Adolphus Sterne, Texas Pioneer (1801 - 1852)
    Adolphus Sterne, Texas colonist, financier of the Texas Revolution, merchant, and legislator, the eldest son of Emmanuel Sterne and his second wife, Helen, was born on April 5, 1801, in Cologne, althou...
  • Pvt. John Camden West, Jr. (CSA) (1834 - 1927)
    John Camden West, Jr., lawyer and Confederate soldier, was born in Camden, South Carolina, on April 12, 1834, the son of John Camden and Nancy Clark (Eccles) West. He graduated from the University of S...
  • Nimrod L. Norton, CSA Congress (1830 - 1903)
    Nimrod Lindsay Norton, government official, was born near Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1830, the son of Hiram and Nancy (Spencer) Norton. He was educated at Fredonia Military Acade...
  • Elizabeth Rowan "Lizzie" Neblett (1833 - 1917)
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Scott Neblett, diarist, was born in Raymond, Mississippi, to James and Sarah (Lane) Scott on January 17, 1833. In 1839, when she was six years old, the family moved to Houston, Texas...


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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