M. Clair Alexander Diary
Scope and Content
This collection consists of a single diary maintained by M. Clair Alexander, a young man living in North Easton, Massachusetts, and working as a carpenter in 1880. In entries that grow more brief and sporadic as the year progresses, Alexander documents the weather, his daily carpentry work, social activities and local events. In the back of the diary are entries for Alexander's cash accounts.
- Alexander, M. Clair (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
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Major Clair Alexander was born in Novia Scotia, Canada, May 3, 1858. He appears in the 1871 Canadian census among the children living in the Annapolis home of Sarah Alexander. Alexander immigrated to the United States ca. 1875; in the 1880 census, 22-year-old carpenter Clair Alexander appears as a resident in the Easton (Bristol County), Massachusetts, home of his brother-in-law, Simeon French. By 1910, Alexander was living in Brockton (Plymouth County), Massachusetts with niece Lucy Taylor and several lodgers. The census for that year records his occupation as carpet cleaner. Alexander continues to be listed as a resident of Brockton through 1930. Major Clair Alexander died in Brockton in 1933.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Diary of Major Clair Alexander (1858-1933), a carpenter in North Easton, Massachusetts, and later a carpet cleaner in Brockton, chronicling daily work life as a carpenter as well as social events in North Easton, Massachusetts.
Source of Acquisition
The M. Clair Alexander Diary was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 1988.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the M. Clair Alexander Diary by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the M. Clair Alexander Diary commenced and was completed in May, 2021.
- M. Clair Alexander Diary, 1880
- John M. Jackson
- 2021 (CC0 1.0)
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- 2020-08-26: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
- 2021-04-21: LM Rozema added missing notes for an unprocessed collection, added FA title, added FA date from EAD, and added component with instances previously attached to collection level.
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