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RG3660.AM:  Sarah Jane Price, 1841-1922

Diaries, etc.:  1878-1895

Phillips, Hamilton County, Neb.:  Teacher

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Sarah Jane Price was born in Rushville, Indiana, on October 10, 1841. She came to Nebraska in 1871 and settled near Phillips in Hamilton County, where she taught school and farmed. Miss Price died in the summer of 1922.


This collection relates to the life of Sarah Jane Price, and is arranged in three Series: 1) Diaries, 1878-1895; 2) School Notes and Exercises, n.d.; and 3) Family History materials. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries, Series 1, recording the daily life of Jane Price from 1878 through 1895, including her experiences as a public school teacher and Sunday School teacher in Hamilton County, Nebraska, remarks about the weather, and comments about her friends and neighbors. The diary of September 1884-December 1885 [vol. 5, pages 91-97], contains recollections about her mother. A transcript version of this “Recollection” is located at the end of folder 14. Also included is an account of a summer journey to Rome, Italy, which featured stops in Cincinnati, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The year of this trip is not known. The School Notes and Exercises volume of Series 2 contains poetry, prose, and a few recipes, etc. Some family history materials, Series 3, have been added to the collection.

Note:  The original diaries and school notes are very fragile and have been restricted for preservation. Researchers are asked to use the transcripts and photocopies provided in Box 2.


Series 1 – Diaries, 1878-1895

Box 1 [Restricted]

Folders 1-9

Box 2


  1. Dec. 1878-Nov. 1879 [transcript]

  2. Dec. 1879-August 1881 [transcript]

  3. Oct. 1881-March 1883 [transcript]

  4. March 1883-Sept. 1884 [transcript]

  5. Sept. 1884-Dec. 1885 [transcript]

    “Recollections of my Mother” [transcript]

  6. Jan. 1886-April 1887 [transcript]

  7. Dec. 1888-August 1890 [transcript]

  8. Feb. 1892-July 1893 [transcript]

  9. July 1893-June 1895 [transcript]

  10. Journey to Rome, Italy transcript]

Series 2 – School Notes and Exercises

Box 1

Folder 1 School Notes and Exercises [original, restricted]

Box 2

  1. School Notes and Exercises [photocopy]

Series 3 – Family History Materials

  1. Census information, Price, Ball, and Lutz Families



Ball family


Education — Nebraska — Hamilton County

Educators — Nebraska

Europe — Description and travel

Frontier and pioneer life

Hamilton County (Neb.) — History

Lutz family

Phillips (Neb.) — History

Price, Sarah Jane, 1841-1922

Price family

Schools — Nebraska — Hamilton County


APD/ct   06-10-1975

Revised kfk   11-09-1998

Encoded TMM   03-14-2011