The Dorsey Collection of twenty-five hand-written diaries illuminate the years 1879–1904 in the life of Kewen H. Dorsey, who was born in El Monte in 1857. He grew up in Spadra with his grandfather, W. W. Rubottom. In 1878 he married and moved to Los Angeles. His diaries provide a glimpse of everyday life in Southern California in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

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