Collection Summary

Title:John Stephen Benezet Diaries

Date:1838-1850, 1892, 1949

Creator(s):Benezet, John Stephen

Extent:2 linear feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:The diaries of John Stephen Benezet offer a glimpse of life in antebellum Philadelphia from 1838 to 1850. By the time he begins to keep these journals, Benezet is already a husband and father supporting a family of at least four children as a clerk at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. In addition to his personal activities, such as attending church, assisting at a school and taking tea and dinner with family and friends, Benezet's entries occasionally give a glimpse of contemporary social and political activities. The most recurring subject is the outbreak of cholera.