Diary File is run by a team of individuals with an interest in preserving the past. Our team is spread out across the United States and Canada. The editor-in-chief of Diary File is Matthew McKnight. Our mission is to digitize, research, and disseminate as many of the world’s historical diaries as we can. Some of the diaries are published and available for a nominal fee, with proceeds helping to digitize more historical diaries.
Historical diaries/journals can generally be classed into two categories. In the first, the diarist records the events of his/her life. In the second, the diarist records his/her thoughts (usually in addition to events). The second type is often more interesting to read and provides more insight into the life and times of the diarist. As such, we prefer to publish this type of diary, but there is also plenty of value in the first type, so we publish both.
Many of the diaries on our website have been discovered by our team through various online and offline sources. Others have been discovered and submitted to us by readers – thank you!
The content of this website is copyrighted. Portions of this website may be quoted without permission, as long as proper credit is given with a link back to the original source on our website. For use of more substantial portions of the works on this website, please contact us with a project brief.
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