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Series Accession 2011-A-030: Brinsmade, James Beebee, Jr. (1845), diary, 1843-1853

Call Number: RU 861, Series Accession 2011-A-030

Scope and Contents

The two-volume diary primarily documents Brinsmade's junior and senior years at Yale and richly describes campus life. Subjects include prayer meetings, excursions, baseball (the first known reference to baseball at Yale), football, wicket, and an incident of violence toward a local man. William B. Woods, Carter Henry Harrison, and Leonard Bacon are mentioned in the diary. The regular entries end on August 31, 1845, but continue sporadically until February 3, 1853.


  • 1843-1853

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are partially restricted. See Collection Contents for information.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Biographical / Historical

Brinsmade (1824-1884) entered Yale as a junior in November 1843, and graduated in 1845. He was a member of Scroll and Key and the Linonian Society, for which he served as president. After graduation Brinsmade studied law and became a lawyer.

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