Nov 13 The Diaries of Emilie Davis

November 13 ( Monday, 7:15 p.m.)


Emilie Davis was a free black woman who worked as a seamstress in Philadelphia. She had attended the Institute for Colored Youth and kept a diary from 1863 to 1865, the height of the Civil War, recording both everyday moments and significant events that would affect the future of the entire nation. Alexia Hudson-Ward, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries of Oberlin College, presents this illustrated program about Davis, her diaries, and the impact of her words. Hudson-Ward initiated the digitization collaboration between Penn State University Libraries and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, which holds the diaries.


For more information and to see the diary entries, visit


Penn State University Libraries, visit
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, visit


Location: Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium (600 Kendal Drive).


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