Editorial Methods

In transcribing the diaries of Henry W. Schweigert, I have standardized the spelling and punctuation for easier online reading. I tried not to take away from the original sources, which you can view and download in PDF format on the Diaries’ page. In some cases, I had to edit the original diary entries with Photoshop in order to read some of the handwriting. In other cases, I was not able to determine confidently what certain words were. In these cases, I have replaced them with {illegible}. Text encased in [brackets] has been added by me.

I have also annotated the people, places and organizations that Schweigert references, to the best of my ability, and have included references to my sources as hyperlinked footnotes.


Barth, Eugene Howard, and F. Wilbur Gingrich. Discovery and Promise: A History of Albright College, 1856-1981. Reading, PA: Albright College, 1989.

Cleveland, Horace A. Golden Sheaves Gathered from the Fields of Ancient and Modern Literature. Philadelphia, PA: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., 1869.

Davies, Edward J. “Packer, Asa.” American National Biography Online, 2000.

Dickerman, Charles W., and Charles Louis Flint. How to Make the Farm Pay; Or, the Farmer’s Book of Practical Information on Agriculture, Stock Raising, Fruit Culture, Special Crops, Domestic Economy & Family Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., 1869.

Espenak, Fred. “NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 1869 August 07.” NASA Eclipse Web Site, December 20, 2013.

Gamble, W.H. “County Map of the State of Pennsylvania.” Philadelphia, PA: Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1868.

Haller, John S. American Medicine in Transition, 1840-1910. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981.

Harding, Thomas Spencer. College Literary Societies: Their Contribution to Higher Education in the United States, 1815-1876. Pageant Press International, 1971.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. “I.O.O.F.” The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 2013.

Joel Munsell’s Sons. History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. New York: W. W. Munsell, 1881.

Kyriakodis, Harry. “The Late Great Odd Fellows Temple.” Hidden City Philadelphia, May 21, 2013.

Ormando Willis, Gray. “County of Schuylkill.” Atlas map. Atlas of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, 1872.

Peirce, Benjamin. “Solar Corona at Eclipse, Shelbyville, Kentucky August 7 1869,” August 7, 1869.

Ross, Theodore A. Odd Fellowship: Its History and Manual. M. W. Hazen, 1895.

Schroeder-Lein, Glenna R. Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine. Armonk, NY, USA: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2008.

Smith, Don R., and Wayne Roberts. “IOOF History - Then and Now.” The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1993.

Wickersham, James Pyle. A History of Education in Pennsylvania. American Education: Its Men, Ideas, and Institutions. New York: Arno Press, 1969.


This project would not have been possible without the guidance of Sidney Dreese, archivist at Albright College, who scanned the first two sets of 1869 diaries for me. Nor would it have been without the assistance of Harry Brubaker, Lois Boyer, and Sandy Angstadt, Henry Schweigert’s great-grandchildren, who provided me with information and more scanned diary entries that I had previously not known about.

Going Forward

I intend to maintain and update this site until I have transcribed and uploaded all of the diaries. On unfinished diary pages, you may encounter an “under construction” notice, that should be completed in the very near future.

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