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Guide to the Alonzo William Slayback Diaries, 1898-1901

Abstract

Alonzo William Slayback (1879-1969), of St. Louis, Missouri, was the youngest of six children and the only son of Col. Alonzo W. Slayback (1838-1882) and Alice A. Waddell (1839-).

The collection includes two diaries kept by Alonzo William Slayback from 1898 to 1901. The first diary consists of 17 double-sided pages of remarks fastened with a metal brad to several small slips of paper that serve as an index. The 43 numbered remarks, which range in date from October 20, 1898, to August 19, 1899, and undated, describe Slayback's conversations, encounters, and dates with several different women. The second diary, a small account book from the Merchant's National Bank of St. Louis, contains 42 pages of letters addressed to V, Veda, or Olga; the woman Slayback loved whose fickleness elicited passionate and conflicted feelings in him. Eighteen letters are dated from December 4, 1899, to November 16, 1901. Together, the diaries provide insight into dating and courtship in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of the 19th century.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Slayback, Alonzo William, 1879-1969.
Title
Alonzo William Slayback Diaries, 1898-1901
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 2 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The collection includes two diaries kept by Alonzo William Slayback from 1898 to 1901. The first diary consists of 17 double-sided pages of "remarks" fastened with a metal brad to several small slips of paper that serve as an index. The 43 numbered remarks, which range in date from October 20, 1898, to August 19, 1899, and undated, describe Slayback's conversations, encounters, and dates with several different women. The second diary, a small account book from the Merchant's National Bank of St. Louis, contains 42 pages of "letters" addressed to V, Veda, or Olga; the woman Slayback loved whose fickleness elicited passionate and conflicted feelings in him. Eighteen letters are dated from December 4, 1899, to November 16, 1901. Together, the diaries provide insight into dating and courtship in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of the 19th century.

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Contents of the Collection

Remarks diary, 1898-1899 and undated
Folder 1
A. W. Slayback diary, 1899-1901

Historical Note

Alonzo William Slayback (d. 1969), born in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 21, 1879, was the youngest of six children and the only son of Col. Alonzo William Slayback (1838-1882) and Alice Amelia Waddell (1839-). His well-known father, a lawyer, colonel in the Confederate Army, and candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri in 1876, was shot and killed by John Cockerill, editor of the Post-Dispatch newspaper, in St. Louis on October 13, 1882.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alonzo William Slayback Diaries, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Alonzo William Slayback Diaries were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Danielle Moore, September 2010

Encoded by Danielle Moore, September 2010

Accession 2002-0091 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.