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Silas B. Silver Diary

Identifier: MsC0012

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Scope and Contents

Dr. Silver's diary for the year 1863, includes his observations on the Civil War and politics, farming, gold prices, social events, and medicine. Dr. Silver often mentioned social gatherings, church meetings, and trips. One trip to the oceanside at Cape May, New Jersey, was described in some detail, from their swimming costumes and people they met to their travel arrangements and expenses. Finally, Dr. Silver's medical practice was noted in his diary. He listed each patient's illness, his prescribed treatments, and often made some personal comment about the patient's life.


  • Creation: 1863


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.25 Linear Feet (1 diary of 1 inch.)

Language of Materials



Maryland physician. Diary includes his observations on the Civil War and politics, farming, and medicine.

Method of Acquisition

This diary was a gift of Philip D. Sang in 1955.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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