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Diaries, 1828 - 1875

Identifier: Series II

Scope and Contents

16 diaries with enclosures written between 1828 and 1875 totalling 2,500 pages in length. They start with the scribblings of a young man, detailing his experiences and travels, and continue through his college years and his employment at the College. The diary holds accounts of Pearson’s travels in New England and through parts of the United States, and documents his time as a member of the College administration. Interestingly, the diary becomes critical of the longtime president of Union College, Eliphalet Nott, and Pearson discusses what he exposes as incompetence in the administration as it waxes and wanes. In addition, Pearson, a devout Baptist, reflects on many aspects of the society of his day, such as slavery, as he records his impressions of historical events. Pearson himself suffers illness, engages in many travels, and lives as a father through the travails of family life.


  • Creation: 1828 - 1875

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


16 Volumes

4.76 Gigabytes (4.76 GB (35 files))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady NY 12308 United States