The Alfred Doten Diaries, 1849-1903

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Alfred Doten began his daily diary at the age of 19 on the day he left his home in Plymouth Massachusetts for the gold fields of California aboard the ship Yeoman. His last entry was written 53 years later on the day before he died, cold, penniless and alone, in Carson City, Nevada. During the intervening years he tried his luck in California and Nevada at mining, ranching, and journalism, as a reporter and publisher in Virginia City, Gold Hill, and Austin, Nevada. The 79 volumes of Doten's diary provide details about his public and private life, his challenges and pastimes, family, lovers, friends and acquaintances, including Mark Twain and Artemus Ward. He kept detailed notes on the theater, music, and society that surrounded him. Doten's fortunes rose and fell along with Nevada's silver boom and the aftermath. His diaries provide a full and rare view into daily life in the last half of the 19th century in the American West. Diaries requiring transcription begin with his Book 56, written in 1883 shortly after he left the Comstock for Austin, Nevada to be able to support his young family. Click on our Website to read an abridged version of his earlier diaries. Transcriptions will be enhanced and prepared for presentation on the web where they will be freely available to all. It is a major project that cannot be accomplished without the help of volunteers.
Diary 56, 09/1883

Diary 56, 09/1883

September, 1883. Austin, Nevada.

15 pages: 0% transcribed, 7% needs review
Diary 56, 10/1883

Diary 56, 10/1883

October, 1883. Austin, Nevada.

16 pages: 0% transcribed
Diary 56, 11/1883

Diary 56, 11/1883

November, 1883. Austin, Nevada.

13 pages: 0% transcribed
Diary 56, 12/1883

Diary 56, 12/1883

December, 1883. Austin, Nevada.

16 pages: 0% transcribed
Diary 57, 01/1884  - preliminary transcript

Diary 57, 01/1884 - preliminary transcript

Austin, Nevada, January 1884. A typewritten transcription of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe in the 1960s.

14 pages: 0% transcribed, 7% needs review
Diary 57, 02/1884 - preliminary transcript

Diary 57, 02/1884 - preliminary transcript

Austin, Nevada, February 1884. A typewritten transcription of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe in the 1960s.

10 pages: 0% transcribed
Diary 57, 03/1894 - preliminary transcript

Diary 57, 03/1894 - preliminary transcript

Austin, Nevada, March 1884. A typewritten transcription of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe in the 1960s.

16 pages: 0% transcribed
Newspaper Clippings, 1883

Newspaper Clippings, 1883

3 pages: 67% transcribed
Newspaper Clippings, 1883 - "From Eastern Nevada"

Newspaper Clippings, 1883 - "From Eastern Nevada"

Territorial Enterprise. Alf Doten's "From Eastern Nevada" columns

37 pages: 84% transcribed, 16% needs review
Newspaper Clippings, 1884 - "From Eastern Nevada"

Newspaper Clippings, 1884 - "From Eastern Nevada"

By Alf Doten, published in the Territorial Enterprise.

18 pages: 0% transcribed
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