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Finding Diaries: Locating Diaries at Penn and Beyond

The following subject guide should assist you in finding diaries in the Penn Library collections, published and unpublished personal writings at other libraries and archives, and books about diaries and personal writings as a genre.

Using Franklin to Find Diaries at Penn

Using Subject Searching in Franklin to Find Diaries
Franklin, the Penn Library Catalog, is a useful resource for finding diaries, bibliographies of diaries and other personal narratives, and works about diaries as a genre and historical resource. Choose "Subject Heading Keyword" from the pull-down menu next to the search box to do a subject keyword search.

You can then use the 'subject' facet or the other facets in the left-hand column to refine your results. 

You can enter the search terms in any order.

For example:

Genre: Books about diaries and diary writing will be under the subject diaries with various subheadings.

Person: When looking for diaries by a specific person, watch for the subject subdivision diaries under the person's name as a subject.

Country: Watch for the subject subdivision "diaries"  under country names, languages, nationalities, as well as groups of people. You can also use the language facet in the left-hand column to see results in a particular language.

Historical Events: Use the subdivision "personal narratives" under individual wars or events. You can also use the language facet in the left-hand column to see results in a particular language.

Finding Diaries in Archives