Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries

Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Willcox, Cyprian Porter, 1822-1897
Title: Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries
Dates: 1848-1854
Quantity: 0.6 Linear feet ( 2 volumes in 1 oversized box; housed with minor collections MS 98 and MS99)
Coll. Number: ms98(m)
A few entries are in French.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cyprian Porter Willcox (1822-1897), educator at the University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.) from 1872-1897, born in Sparta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two diaries of Cyprian Porter Willcox from 1848, 1852-1854. The first diary consists of entries from July - September 1848 discussing the French Revolution of 1848; the succeeding Republic government; and military and political issues of Prussia, Germany, Italy and the United States, including the slavery issue. Part of the volume outlines the history of the United States, including the founding of the original colonies and the revolution of 1776.

Willcox's second diary, from April 1852 - September 1854, details his trip through Europe including travels in Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He discusses time spent in cities and regions including Valencia, Madrid, Cadiz, and Granada, Spain; Marseilles and Paris, France; Munich, Berlin, Augsburg, and Banburg, Germany; and Copenhagen, Denmark. The entries for the various cities and regions vary in concentration and detail, but often include observations on architecture, the characteristics of the area, accommodations, weather, food, and people. The entry for Madrid includes a lengthy discourse on a bullfight Willcox attended.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Denmark--Description and travel.
France--Description and travel.
Germany--Description and travel.
Slavery--United States.
Spain--Description and travel.
Switzerland--Description and travel.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries, MS 98. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS BoxVolume
11July - September 1848
April 1852 - September 1854