The Diary of Jonathan Pearson

First Edition

Edited by Union College students Amanda Blakeman, Sam De Spuches, and Paxton Ouellette

This is the first iteration of the student-created digital scholarly edition of the Diary of Jonathan Pearson (1813-87), student (class of ’35), professor, librarian, and treasurer of Union College, New York. This edition covers the first four years of Pearson's diary and provides supplementary material to facilitate the diary's understanding--explanatory annotations, an interactive chronology, interpretive and historical essays, contextual primary sources, and data visualizations--all created by the student editors.

This digital edition is the student project for the Summer Institute for Digital Exploration at Schaffer ("Summer IDEaS") 2021, Union's digital scholarship summer program, co-taught by Schaffer librarians Adam Mazel (program creator and lead instructor), Lindsay Bush, Joanna DiPasquale, Becky Fried, Matt Golebiewski, Jen Grayburn, and Rachel Leach.

Background image and Cover image courtesy of Special Collections, Schaffer Library, Union College.


Student introductions to their digital edition of the Diaries of Jonathan Pearson

  • Introduction(s)

    by Mandy Blakeman, Samuel De Spuches

    Student Introductions to the Summer IDEaS 2021 Digital Scholarly First Edition of the Diaries of Jonathan Pearson

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Diary of Jonathan Pearson

Student-annotated diaries of Jonathan Pearson, February 1828 - May 1832

Section I by Amanda Blakeman


Section III by Paxton Ouellette


Computational Text Analysis Essays

Contextual Essays


  • publisher
    Union College - Schaffer Library
  • publisher place
    Schenectady, N.Y.