The Historic Traveling Diaries and Guestbooks Collection consists of seventeen diaries, guestbooks, and memoirs of people who lived and traveled in the U. S. West, specifically in the Fort Collins, Colorado, area between 1841 and circa 1995. John Ayres’ diaries are the exception, covering the life of a planter in Kentucky and Missouri from 1841 to 1891. Diaries by Amelia Buss, William Early, and Lydia Wathen illustrate the lives of those who moved to Northern Colorado in the last half of the 19th century. Guestbooks from the Evergreens cabin illuminate tourism and leisure in Poudre Canyon in the early 20th century. This digital collection contains the seventeen items found in the archival collection.

Recent Submissions

  • Evergreens guestbook 

    Creator(s):Akin, Neyllie, author; McCormick, George C., author; Johnson, Dean S. Arthur, author
    Format:visitors' books
    Guestbook of the Evergreens, a cabin in Poudre Canyon above Mishawaka, containing entries by owners and guests, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The Evergreens was also known as Camp McCormick between 1923 and 1930.
  • Memoirs of Lydia Lorena Bardwell Wathen, with transcript and guest book 

    Creator(s):Wathen, Lydia L. Bardwell, author; Beam, Carol A., compiler
    Date:1936-1994; undated; 1919-1939
    Format:memoirs; transcripts; visitors' books
    Memoir is dated 1936 and consists of photocopies of Lydia Wathen's memoir (the location of the original handwritten memoir is unknown) and Wathen Letter Collection compiled by Carol A. Bean, 1994. The memoir includes ...
  • William Thomas Early diary with partial transcript and two photographs 

    Creator(s):Early, William T., author
    Date:1878-1894; circa 1975; undated
    Format:diaries; transcripts; photographs
    Handwritten diary of Englishman William Early's travels and associated materials. Early's diary includes 1878 trips to Paris, France, and Holly Hill in Hampshire, England, an 1883 trip from Georgetown, Guyana, to Toronto, ...
  • John Mosley Ayres journals 

    Creator(s):Ayres, John Mosley, author; Carstarphen, Chapel, author
    Format:journals (accounts)
    Journals of planter John Mosley Ayres. Journals cover Ayres' life in Ralls County, Missouri, including his farm, church activities, family gatherings, school directors' meetings, and trips and eventual moves to Rensselaer ...
  • Amelia Buss diary with transcript, "Aunt Amelia's diary": the record of a reluctant pioneer, and Timnath history 

    Creator(s):Buss, Amelia, author; Armitage, Susan H. (Susan Hodge), 1937-, author; Timnath Columbine Historical Society, author
    Date:1866-1967; 1960s; 1976; circa 1995
    Format:diaries; transcripts; reports
    Handwritten diary by Amelia Buss and derivative materials. Buss's diary covers 1866 to 1867 and includes a detailed account of her family's travels from Boonville, New York, to Fort Collins, Colorado, and their first year ...