Julia Wilbur Diaries


Julia A. Wilbur was an anti-slavery and women’s rights proponent during the 19th century. The daughter of Mary Lapham and Stephen Wilbur, Julia Wilbur was born into a Quaker family on August 8, 1815, near Rochester, New York. In 1844, she began teaching in the Rochester public school system. Wilbur became involved with the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, for which she served as a correspondence secretary. The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society sent Wilbur to Virginia in 1862, where she worked alongside Harriet Jacobs providing supplies and education to freed slaves. In 1865, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became increasingly involved with the women’s rights movement and also took a job working in the U.S. Patent Office. Wilbur spent her last years living in Washington, D.C., with her sister, Frances, until her death in 1895.

This collection is comprised primarily of Julia Wilbur’s personal journals, which span from 1844 to 1895.

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Julia Wilbur "Centennial" diary, 1876
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1886
Julia Wilbur diary, May 1859 to March 1860
Julia Wilbur diary, August 1860 to March 1861
Julia Wilbur diary, March to September 1861
Julia Wilbur diary, May to November 1863
Julia Wilbur diary, April to June 1862
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1883
Mary L. Van Buskirk diary, 1908
Julia Wilbur diary, October 1867 to September 1868
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1872
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1889
Julia Wilbur diary, November 1862 to May 1863
Julia Wilbur "Centennial" diary, 1878
Julia Wilbur diary, September 1857 to May 1859
Julia Wilbur diary, October to December 1865
Julia Wilbur letter to her sister, April 26, 1865
Julia Wilbur diary, May 1870 to May 1871
Julia Wilbur "Lady's Almanac", 1857
Julia Wilbur diary, May to September 1865