Samuel Adolf Leschke diary

Samuel Adolf Leschke diary

Dates: 1845-1889

Diary and autobiography by Leschke, beginning in 1845 while he was a weaver apprentice in Germany, until his death in 1889. He includes records of events in his and his family's life, as well as those in the world at the time. Often includes newspaper clippings. Topics include the deaths of children and the associated heartache, working at cloth factories, hardships of unemployment, wedding anniversaries, playing the lottery, and quotes from authors in classic literature at the time, such as Schiller. Also includes genealogical information for some of Leschke's ancestors. Diary is dated 1845-1889.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Leschke, Samuel Adolf, 1828-1889
  • Call Number: MSS 8905
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Samuel Adolf Leschke diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8905; Samuel Adolf Leschke diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8905, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The diary was handed down in the family from Samuel Adolf Wilhelm Leschke to his son, Paul Oskar Emil Leschke, who passed it on to his son Otto Bernhard Leschke, who passed it to his daughter, Ursula, the donor. It was among the few important documents that accompanied Ursula's family when they hid in the bomb shelters during World War II in Kiel, Germany, and when they immigrated from Germany to the United States after the war. Ursula A. Leschke donated the diary to L. Tom Perry Special Collections in August 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ursula A. Leschke; August 8, 2016.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Germany; Family life; Family histories; Leschke, Samuel Adolf, 1828-1889; Leschke, Samuel Adolf, 1828-1889--Diaries
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Processing Information
Processed; NataLee Hawkins; 2016.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).
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Leschke (Samuel Adolf) diary
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NataLee Hawkins
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-01 15:23:38 -0700.
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Biographical History

Samuel Adolf Leschke (1828-1889) was a weaver by occupation and kept a diary of his life's experiences which became a special family heirloom. It was passed down to his great-granddaughter, Ursula Leschke, whose family held onto it during World War II and their subsequent migration from Germany to the United States.

Leschke was born in Sommerfeld, Krossen, Silesia, Prussia on April 15, 1828 to Johann S. Wilhelm Leschke and Johanne Beata S. Ziesche. On May 17, 1852, he married Henriette Christiane Blobel, who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leschke never joined her faith. He and Henriette had 7 children. In 1845, while working as a weaver apprentice, he kept a journal of his work and family life. He wrote a great deal about the passing of two of his children, one of which, a son, died at age eighteen and the other, a daughter, after only ninety-eight days. His son suffered from lung problems. Leschke worked for various clothing factories. One time he lost his job and another time, he quit because he felt mistreated. Later in life, he started to play the lottery, but never won anything. He appears to have loved classic literature, as he often quoted great authors of his day in his diary. He wrote about some personal celestial experiences he had, as well. On June 16, 1889, he died in Sommerfeld.

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