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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James Franklin Barry diaries, 1872-1873



Creator Barry, James Franklin
Title: James Franklin Barry diaries
Dates: 1872-1873
Identification: camh-arc-004093
Extent: 2 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

James Franklin Barry (1848-1943) was a carpenter and timber framer from Belleville, Michigan. From 1872 to 1873, he worked for the American Bridge Company in Houston, Texas, constructing bridges for the first railroads in the Houston area. For his work, he received wages of $3.50 per day, much more than wages for comparable work in Michigan. Barry's diaries describe his homesickness and bouts of malaria while working to save money to buy a farm in Michigan. At the conclusion of his work in Houston, Barry returned to his Michigan home. He is buried in Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan.

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Content Description

The James Franklin Barry diaries, 1872-1873, consist of typed transcripts of two diaries written by James Barry of Belleville, Michigan. Volume 1, which covers life in Houston in 1872, is enscribed "Incidents in Every Day Life by James F. Barry, B.B." Volume 2 is enscribed "James F. Barry, Born at Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan, April 14, 1848; 1872 and [187]3, Houston, Texas, Bridge Builder."

Barry's diaries provide a northerner's perspective on social and economic conditions in Texas soon after the close of the Civil War.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law. 

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Barry, James Franklin
Subjects
Railroad bridges
Railroad construction workers
Places
Harris County -- Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Franklin Barry Diaries, 1872-1873, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, March 2019.

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Accession Number

2019-020

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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4C445 James Franklin Barry diaries 1872-1873

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