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, 1907
Julia Wilbur "American" diary, 1882
Julia Wilbur diary, January 1856 to September 1857
Julia Wilbur diary, April 1872 to May 1873
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1864
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1869
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1891
Julia Wilbur diary, March to August 1860
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1863
Julia Wilbur diary, August to November 1862
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1888
Julia Wilbur diary, 1854-1856
Julia Wilbur diary, January to May 1865
Hymnal page
Julia Wilbur "Excelsior" diary, 1884
Julia Wilbur pocket diary, 1861
Julia Wilbur diary, 1847-1854