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 the 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 59 - 1: March 23-April 2, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 1: March 23-April 2, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; March 23 - April 2, 1885

3 pages: 67% transcribed, 33% needs review
Diary 59 - 2: April, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 2: April, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada; April, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

9 pages: 11% transcribed, 89% needs review
Diary 59 - 3: May, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 3: May, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

12 pages: 17% transcribed, 83% needs review
Diary 59 - 4: June, 1885- preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 4: June, 1885- preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; June, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

9 pages: 89% transcribed, 11% needs review
Diary 59 - 5: July, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 5: July, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; July, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

11 pages: 9% transcribed, 91% needs review
Diary 59 - 6: August 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 6: August 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; August, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

10 pages: 60% transcribed, 40% needs review
Diary 59 - 7: September, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 7: September, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; September, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

9 pages: 89% transcribed, 11% needs review
Diary 59 - 8: October, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 8: October, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; October, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

10 pages: 30% transcribed, 70% needs review
Diary 59 - 9: November, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59 - 9: November, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; November, 1885. A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

11 pages: 18% transcribed, 82% needs review
Diary 59-10: December, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Diary 59-10: December, 1885 - preliminary transcript

Virginia City, Nevada; December 1885.A typewritten transcript of Doten's handwritten diary by Marianne Jaffe.

13 pages: 0% transcribed, 100% needs review
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