Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the J. W. Lively Diary, 1882-89 MS 315

creator Lively, J. W.
Title: J.W. Lively Diary
Dates: 1882-89
Abstract: Bound manuscript diary kept by J. W. Lively M.D. of Daingerfield, Connecticut, begun in December 1882 with entries dating to 1889, mostly recording his activities as a Methodist minister and including pages of financial accounts.
Identification: MS 315
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 bound volume)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Little is known of the author of this diary, a Methodist minister and itinerant preacher who gives his name on the title page as J. W. Lively M.D. Although the initials he places after his name would indicate that he was a physician, he does not seem to have been a practicing physician during the period covered by this journal. Lively was apparently born in Arkansas, moving later to Texas (he records in his diary a visit to both states while on one of his circuit preaching journeys).

Scope and Contents

J. W. Lively’s diary is hand-written in pencil and records his activities and observations while traveling as a Methodist circuit preacher. Much of his diary concerns churches where he preached, people he met and families with whom he stayed, and details of the trains by which he traveled and the countryside through which he passed during the years 1883-84 and 1887-89. The last pages consist of ledgers recording church membership and attendance, and Lively's own financial accounts.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Because to the fragile condition of the diary, patrons must ask staff for assistance with photocopies or other reproductions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Lively Diary must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lively, J. W.
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church (U.S.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. W. Lively Diary, 1882-89, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The J. W. Lively Diary (1882-89) was a gift from John Wright, received in December 1980.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Lively diary, 1 volume of 291 pages, c. 4 1/2" x 7 1/2".