John Smith Journals and Papers, 1758-1794
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The collection itself contains no historical information about Smith or his family outside of what can be gleaned from the near-daily entries in the leather-bound diary entries that make up the bulk of the collection.
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Biographical / Historical
Smith is believed to have been born in 1722 in Chipping Norton. At 22, Smith joined his father at Bowldown Farm outside of Tetbury. About this time, Smith devised a system of farm management based on a six-course rotation of crops rather than the standard four-course system. This meant keeping seeds down a second year and planging oats after wheat. In an obituary published in an edition of Gentleman's Magazine from 1794, Smith is credited for fostering this style of agriculture in the Cotswolds.
32 Volumes (Yearly journals with daily entries recording merchant and domestic activities of an English yeoman centered in Gloucester County. ) : The annual journals are housed in phase boxes, 2 journals per box, and labeled vol. 1-2, vol. 3-4, etc.
1 box (Single documents housed in folders vary widely in content scope and include receipts, letters, memoranda, stock certificates, among others.) : Single documents found folded into the journals are now housed in folders in an archive box and shelved with the journals under the same call number. Document numbers relate to the journal in which they were found and are in folders in the order in which they were found in each journal. Thus dates do not necessarily correspond to the date of the journal, nor are they necessarily consecutive.
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- John Smith Journals and Papers, 1758-1794
- Brett Sigurdson and Marguerite Ragnow
- August 2019; completed January 2021
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