Mathew Carey diaries (Collection 3672), 1828-1836, 0.2 linear feet
Mathew Carey (1760-1839), an Irish immigrant and longtime Philadelphia resident, founded and operated America’s most successful publishing house in the early years of that industry, helped establish many charitable institutions, and wrote numerous pamphlets and newspaper articles on a wide range of political, economic, and cultural topics, particularly regarding Irish and Irish-American concerns. The two diaries in this collection contain lengthy descriptions of Carey’s daily activities, including extensive reading, writing, editing, publishing, meetings and conversations (including some with well-known persons such as Robert D. Owen). Entries document Carey’s relationships with local newspaper editors, complex and shifting views on economics, activities on behalf of poor and marginalized groups, religious activities, family life, and other matters.
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