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The Diary Library of Ray Zager

Much of the library consists of individual published diary/volumes from diary writers around the world. The library now contains 1,200 volumes. It is made up of books, files, pictures, posters, and memorabilia. An example of the files are: world collections, world libraries, magazine articles, diary classes, Diary Journal Society, children's diaries, children diary exhibit, Concord exhibit, diamnisia, and diary as history.

It also has many published diary books of the "major" diarists of the world. A major diarist is a person who has written a diary of significant worth which has added to our literature. To name just a few of them: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Samuel Pepys, John Adams, Anais Nin, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, James Boswell, Reverend Kilvert, Opal Whiteley, Anne Frank, May Sarton, and Katherin Mansfield.

It has "collections" which have been exhibited in Los Angeles Central Library, Beverly Hills Public Library, and Cabrillo College Library.

The Children's collection includes the diaries of: Louisa May Alcott, Marie Baskirtseff, Pet Majory Fleming, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Theodore Roosevelt, Karen Horney, Selma Lagerlof, Helene Morley, and many others. Within this collection there are photographs, letters, interviews, stories, hypnogogic imagery, and biographies.

The Samuel Pepys, esq. collection. This is a very large collection. There are over 60 volumes of books and memorabilia. It has the very latest edition of the diary, the eleven volume set by Latham and Matthews, and published by the University of California Press. Robert Latham and William Matthews both taught at the University of London. Latham later was a professor at U.S.C. while Matthews became a professor at UCLA.

The library has numerous sets in two, three, and one volumes. There are 12 biographies of Pepys; a special one by the famous Arthur Posonby M.P. There is the two-volume set of Private Correspondence of Pepys by Tanner. A thin volume entitled King Charles Preserved (an account of his escape after the Battle of Worcester dictated by the King himself to Samuel Pepys). Pepys recorded it in the cipher in his own diary. The next book has great value to the eye. The cover just states his name; inside we find it is an EXHIBITION of the portrait of Pepys. It is an exhibit that took place at the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY. Within the exhibition are paintings, furniture, drawings, books, and music. It is a joy to the eye to see the paintings of Pepys in color, portrait of Lord General Monk, Rump Bonfire, King Charles in several settings, My Lady Castlemain, a half nude portrait of Nell Gwyn, and a color painting of The Great Fire.

Another interesting book is the Journal of Arthur Fallows. He writes that he went beyond the Appalachian Mountains in September of 1671 and proclaimed a great amount of territory for the King of England. The journal was read aloud to the Royal Society, Samuel Pepys President, preciding. Pepys wrote music as shown in the book Samuel Pepys, "Three Songs of His Choice."

I have left the smallest book in the Pepys Library to the very last. It is Sir Francis Drake's Nautical Almanack of 1546. In the 1600s Pepys was the head of the Admiralty when he found the book which became a part of his collection. The book in the Diary Library of Corralitos is a facsimile of the original, sold to me by the late librarian professor Latham.

The Concord, Massachusetts collection embodies the diaries of Emerson, Thoreau, Amos & Louisa May Alcott, Hawthorne and others. It also includes the circle of Emerson and these include: Margaret Fuller, Henry Dana Jr, Thomas Carlyle, Oliver Windall Holmes (Sr. and Jr.), and John Burroughs. There are biographies of all those mentioned. A couple of books of note: one is a volume of poetry; half by Holmes Sr. and half by Emerson. The other is a small blue book of the journey and the meeting of Emerson with John Muir in Yosemite Valley.

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