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J.W. Lively Diary

Identifier: MS 0315
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

J. W. Lively’s diary is hand-written in pencil and records his activities and observations while traveling as a Methodist circuit preacher. Much of his diary concerns churches where he preached, people he met and families with whom he stayed, and details of the trains by which he traveled and the countryside through which he passed during the years 1883-84 and 1887-89. The last pages consist of ledgers recording church membership and attendance, and Lively's own financial accounts.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1889


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Because to the fragile condition of the diary, patrons must ask staff for assistance with photocopies or other reproductions.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Lively Diary must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Biographical Note

Little is known of the author of this diary, a Methodist minister and itinerant preacher who gives his name on the title page as J. W. Lively M.D. Although the initials he places after his name would indicate that he was a physician, he does not seem to have been a practicing physician during the period covered by this journal. Lively was apparently born in Arkansas, moving later to Texas (he records in his diary a visit to both states while on one of his circuit preaching journeys).


0.25 Linear Feet ( (1 bound volume))

Language of Materials



Bound manuscript diary kept by J. W. Lively M.D. of Daingerfield, Connecticut, begun in December 1882 with entries dating to 1889, mostly recording his activities as a Methodist minister and including pages of financial accounts.

Acquisition Information

The J. W. Lively Diary (1882-89) was a gift from John Wright, received in December 1980.


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Guide to the J. W. Lively Diary, 1882-1889
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA