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M-528 Diary of a Traveling California Newspaper Salesman

ABSTRACT: Diary of a traveling newspaper salesman in California, 1875.

SCOPE: This daily journal belonged to an unidentified young man in the San Francisco area. The entries recount the man’s daily activities selling ads and subscriptions for multiple California newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, in 1875. The author also recorded details of recreational activities, weather, and local information that he encountered through his work. The diary offers a detailed glimpse into the life of a traveling salesman over the course of a full calendar year.

EXTENT: Approximately 120 pages.

ACCESS: This collection can be viewed on-site in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and other access restrictions. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."