Collection Number: 05531-z

Collection Title: John Roy Robinson Diary, 1913-1914

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Size 1 item
Abstract Diary, 1913-1914, kept by railroad bridge builder John "Roy" Robinson documenting his travels through Arkansas and Oklahoma performing maintenance and repairs on railroad bridges.
Creator Robinson, John Roy
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Roy Robinson Diary #5531-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July 2012 (Acc. 102073).
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John Roy Robinson, son of John Wesley Robinson (1844-1928) and Mary Marie Forrester (1849-1941), was born 17 April 1887 at West Fork, Ark. and died 26 September 1973 at Fayetteville, Ark. He married Maude Leona Gilbreath (1888-1914) and they had one child, Gilbert Ervin Robinson (1911-1911), who died at the age of 9 months. Robinson was a railroad bridge builder and later served in World War One.

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The collection consists of a diary, dated 20 November 1913 to 11 June 1914, and containing 150 pages written in pencil. Documented in the diary are the author's travels through Arkansas and Oklahoma (occasionally on horseback) looking for work, the murder of two men, a visit to Fort Gibson where Robinson's grandfather (David Elbert Robinson) was stationed during the Second Seminole War, Robinson's grandmother's house burning down, smallpox, and the death of his wife. Routine entries detail bridge work in eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas, where Robinson primarily performed repairs and maintenance of stringer bridges for the railroad.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jodi Berkowitz, May 2016

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, May 2016

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