A diary is a daily record of a person’s experiences.

When we read someone else’s diary we experience both a feeling of familiarity with our own lives and a glimpse of another time and place through the writer’s eyes. These women - from Ontario during the last half of the 19th century - wrote about their families and friends, occupations and social interactions, and incidentally about their communities.

Photo: Stack of Opened Diaries
Stack of Opened Diaries
Archives of Ontario

Five Women and Their Diaries


Photo: Stack of Diaries
Stack of Diaries
Archives of Ontario