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 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: 89% transcribed, 11% needs review
Newspaper Clippings, 1884 - "From Eastern Nevada"

Newspaper Clippings, 1884 - "From Eastern Nevada"

By Alf Doten, published in the Territorial Enterprise. For many of these clippings there are earlier transcripts that have been scanned and put through the OCR process, which will speed up the process. Contact us at dcurtis@unr.edu for copies of the transcripts for pages you plan to work on.

36 pages: 3% transcribed, 50% needs review
Newspaper Clippings, Daily Union, 1863-64

Newspaper Clippings, Daily Union, 1863-64

Correspondence from Como, Palmyra District, from Alf Doten prior to his move to Virginia City.

28 pages: 61% transcribed, 39% needs review
Newspaper Clippings, San Francisco Herald, 1869

Newspaper Clippings, San Francisco Herald, 1869

A series of correspondence from Alf Doten from Virginia City and Gold Hill in 1869.

30 pages: 0% transcribed, 13% needs review
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