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Identifier: A0632

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, 1849-1863


Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England. He had early experience working in an architectural office in London before coming to America in 1849. He spent most of the 1850s in New York City working as a freelance writer and illustrator and later as a news reporter for various newspapers and magazines. During the Civil War he was a war correspondent for the New York Tribune, and was a secret correspondent for the New York Evening Post in Charleston during the time of secession in December 1860. He published two books while residing in America: Mose among the Britishers in 1850 and The Physiology of New York Boarding-Houses in 1857. He returned to England in 1863 because of his father’s failing health, and married his longtime fiancйe Hannah Bennett that same year. He died in Birmingham, England, in April 1903.

The collection consists of twenty-two volumes of diaries dating from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, which include newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Gunn wrote extensively about his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, encounters with well-known literary personalities, New York and world events, the lives of his friends and neighbors, boarding house living, his travels throughout the United States as far west as Lake Superior and Louisiana, and his experiences on campaign with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.

Conservation funding for this collection provided through a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

24 volumes

Cite as: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
New York
South Carolina

Dates: 1849-1863

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Authors
Publishers and publishing
Books and reading
19th century
Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Charleston (S.C.)
New Orleans (La.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
New York (N.Y.)
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)


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