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This collection consists primarily of the diaries of Samuel Roy Jenkins, written from 1887 until 1941. The early diaries, written between 1887 and 1898, deal with his life as a student at Grafton High School and West Virginia University, and later as a civil engineer in Grafton, West Virginia. The middle group of diaries cover the years from 1906 until 1925; Mr. Jenkins' floral business in Grafton and his increasing financial difficulties are the subjects of many of these entries. In the last group of diaries, written between 1930 and 1941, the entries discuss Mr. Jenkins' return to the engineering profession as an employee of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the city of Grafton. All of the diaries contain entries which demonstrate Mr. Jenkins' continue interest in national and local political affairs, sports, and entertainment, especially music and drama. The early diaries contain many entries dealing with his great interest in reading and hunting; many of the later entries concern engineering projects taking place in the town of Grafton in 1898 and later, during the Depression.

The major gaps in this collection of diaries are from 1893 until August, 1897, and from February, 1898 until 1906. Other large gaps take place between 1926 and 1930, and between 1931 and 1934.

Included in the collection are letters, bills, newsclippings, and programs which are found in the diaries.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1887-1941