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"I am starting my 30th year of keeping a diary," wrote Lucetta Thompson on January 1, 1962. "Can tell what happened every day ... I enjoy reading them. They bring back memories some sad but more happy I believe." Thompson was one of many Cache Valley residents-including early settlers, businessmen, missionaries, homemakers, polygamists, farmers, and teachers-who documented their experiences in northern Utah and southern Idaho through diaries and memoirs.

The Cache Valley Diaries digital collection, our May 2014 spotlight, brings a sampling of these firsthand accounts from the Merrill-Cazier Library's Special Collections and Archives to your computer screen. More than just lists of daily reflections by Cache Valley residents, these volumes also contain biographies and correspondence related to the individuals who wrote them. Each contributes to understanding 150+ years of Cache Valley experience.

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