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Selected Entries from the Lucius Clark Smith Diaries,
30 July 1862 to 31 December 1862

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The editors would like to thank The Ohio State University Libraries for permission to publish this edition of selected entries from Lucius C. Smith's diaries and to incorporate images of the manuscript held in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library (RBMS). Dr. Geoffrey D. Smith, Head of RBMS, introduced the principal editor to the Smith diary and suggested that he and his students edit the volume. Lisa Iacobellis, Assistant Curator of RBMS, supervised scanning of the manuscript pages to exacting standards.

Marilyn and John Saveson and the New Albany and Plain Township Historical Society (NAPTHS) graciously shared information about the Smith family. The Savesons toured the editors through Ealy House, the restored mid-nineteenth-century house that serves as the NAPTHS headquarters, and introduced us to the NAPTHS archives, which contain a wealth of historial information about the township and its residents. John Saveson also transcribed the portion of Smith's diaries on which we were working, providing a valuable check on our own transcription.

Mark Baranoski, who lives in the home in which Lucius Smith lived with his parents, brothers, and sisters in 1862, toured the editors through the house and grounds, and lent us three photos of members of the Smith family and a logbook from Smith's father's mill.

The Ohio State University Libraries' institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank, hosts this site, and we thank Maureen Walsh and her staff for their help in preparing the edition for preservation in the Knowledge Bank. We would also like to thank the Digital Media Project (DMP) in the Department of English at The Ohio State University, which provided classroom support for the editorial team. The former director of the DMP, Professor Scott Lloyd Dewitt, generously allocated funds from the DMP to purchase a classroom license for the specialized XML-editing software used by the editorial team.

The anonymous peer reviewers at NINES provided detailed and insightful recommendations that greatly improved this edition.


Ohio State University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Library
New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society
Digital Media Project