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Warren Family Records

Identifier: RH-A-1223

Scope and Contents

This collection contains twenty-seven personal diaries concerning the daily lives of members of the Warren family. Also included are three diaries concerning the life of William Gardiner from Jackson County, Indiana, who is not connected to the Warren family. William’s diaries detail the daily weather and his everyday activities, including school. Each diary contains a year’s worth of entries, ranging from 1860-1917. The diaries contain various accounts of everyday life and events in the Branch County, Michigan area. The Warren family diaries are written by Samuel E. Warren (1843-1900), Henrietta “Nettie” Bickford Warren (1850-1923) and their daughter Jessie Warren (1877-1908). Samuel Warren was a civil war veteran in the Michigan 11th regiment, out of Quincy, Michigan, though none of the diaries concern his time in the war. There is a single diary written by Lillie Clark (unknown) from Janesville, Wisconsin dating from 1872-1875. Lillie is of no relation to the Warrens or William Gardner. Lillie’s diary details the daily weather and her school activities.


  • Creation: 1866-1917



1 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is composed of diaries and papers written by the Warren family and William Gardiner in Algansee, Branch County, Michigan ranging from the late 1866 to 1917.

Custodial History

Acquired in 1976.

Physical Description

This collection amounts to approximately 1.0 cubic feet of material and is composed of material from the Warren family and William Gardiner in Algansee, Branch County, Michigan. There are 30 diaries written by the Warrens ranging from 1866-1917. There are 3 diaries written by William Gardiner from 1868-1870. There is a single diary written by Lillie Clark. Additionally, there is one legal-size folder containing miscellaneous papers such as receipts, checks, newspaper clippings, one letter, and a brief Warren family tree drawn by a later relative. Overall, the collection is in good condition. Except for the 1872 diary, which is missing its cover, Bindings are intact, pages are untorn, and there appears to be no pages missing. There are no visible signs of damage throughout the diaries. All bindings appear in tact and signs of aging are limited.

Genre / Form


Warren Family Records finding aid
Michael Tyler, Abigail Ward, Dean Wetzel, Stephanie Chapman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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