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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Mary L. Van Buskirk diary, September 1881
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1865
Mary L. Van Buskirk diary, 1906
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1890
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1881
Julia Wilbur diary, November 1863 to April 1864
Julia Wilbur portrait
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1885
Mary L. Van Buskirk diary, 1906
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1894
Julia Wilbur diary, May 1871 to April 1872
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1868
Julia Wilbur diary, September 1868 to March 1869
Julia Wilbur diary, June to August 1862
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1874
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1860
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1866
Julia Wilbur journal briefs, 1844-1862
Julia Wilbur diary, 1895
Julia Wilbur diary, April 1864 to January 1865