Contents and Arrangement

Hikoichi Orita Diary, 1872-1876

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The diary is photocopied in two volumes. The first volume dates from January 1, 1872 to December 31, 1873 and the second from January 1, 1874 to December 31, 1876. The handwritten entries are written in English, but the memoranda, which are placed at the end of each year, are written in Japanese. There are also listings of bills and accounts by month.

Generally, the entries are brief. Orita notes the weather for each day, classes and recitations, his studies, visits to chapel, letters received from friends, visits with faculty--including President and Mrs. McCosh--and occasional personal comments regarding his health or loneliness.

Orita occasionally took trips to New England, New York City and New Brunswick. In a typical entry describing a visit to New Brunswick on August 15, 1872, Orita wrote on learning of the death of a countryman, "It was a very sad matter, although we could not help it."

He attended the College chapel almost daily, as required at the time, and the Second Presbyterian Church on Sundays. He writes often of Bible studies and prayer meetings with classmates. "Fine, warm day," Orita writes of the day he was baptised, May 28, 1876. "After the morning chapel the ceremony of baptism was done by Dr. McCosh. Profs Alexander, Atwater, Packard and my classmates present. Partook Lord's supper in chapel..."

Collection History

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Access & Use

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Credit this material:

Hikoichi Orita Diary; Hikoichi Orita Diary, AC033, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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