Gardner Avery Diary

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Avery, Gardner, 1844-1904
Meeth, Virginia R.
Gardner Avery diary
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Gardner Avery (1844-1904) was the owner of Summit Dairy Farm in Forest Grove, Michigan. During the Civil War, Avery served with the 157th New York Volunteers, an infantry unit.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes handwritten and typed transcripts of Gardner Avery's daily journal for the year 1900. The journal describes the purchase and sale of livestock, daily farm routines, the weather, and activities of family and friends. Also included are biographical data written by Avery's granddaughter, Virginia (Avery) Meeth, on the 157th New York Infantry's actions in the Civil War; and a photocopy of an editorial written by Avery to the "Journal of Agriculture," a Detroit, Michigan, publication, which is dated March 31, 1900 and discusses silage and pasture.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1986

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  August 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Virginia R. (Avery) Meeth. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Virginia R. (Avery) Meeth

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Summit Dairy Farm (Forest Grove, Mich.). -- Geographic subdivision--Forest Grove (Mich.);
  • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 157th (1862-1865).


  • Diaries

Geographic Name(s)

  • Forest Grove (Mich.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Meeth, Virginia R.


  • Dairy farming -- Michigan
  • Farm life -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Transcript January 1900 - December 1900 


Typed Transcript January 1900 - December 1900