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Guide to the Charles Raven Brockmann diaries mss.3757


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

March 2014


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Charles Raven Brockmann diaries

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


1.4 Linear feet (sixty-two pocket diaries, beginning on July 1, 1906, and continuing through February 25, 1970)




The diaries of a librarian, traveling salesman, and committed diarist.


Brockmann, Charles Raven, 1888-1970

Biographical/Historical note

Charles Raven Brockmann, the son of John Ludolph and Fannie E. Adams Brockmann, was born on June 25, 1888, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was, throughout much of the Great Depression, the advertising manager for the H. W. Wilson Company. Later he became the long-time assistant director of the Mecklenberg County Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While at H. W. Wilson, Brockmann was the "captain" of the first "bookmobile" during the first year of a three-year tour of the United States. The bookmobile was filled with Wilson publications, the idea being to bring these publications to those librarians and book store owners who were not able to attend national conferences where they could examine - and purchase - them.

Brockmann married Olivia Comer; the couple had no children. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 3, 1970.

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Scope and Contents note

Charles Raven Brockmann was a committed diarist. These sixty-two pocket diaries, with few gaps, chronicle his daily life through a significant portion of the twentieth century.

General note

These are currently located in the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection (boxes 3757.001-3757.004; range 11, shelf 021), in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library.


H.W. Wilson Company. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Booksellers and bookselling (lcsh)

Diaries (aat)

Diarists (lcsh)

Traveling sales personnel (lcsh)

Diaries, 1906-1925 Box 3757.001

Diaries, 1926-1939 Box 3757.002

Diaries, 1940-1955 Box 3757.003

Diaries, 1956-1970 Box 3757.004