The diaries were begun in 1938 by Curry at age 13. Nearly every notation begins with a word or two about the weather and concludes with a few words about activities of the day. There are reminders of her cherished walks in the woods and of her fishing trips: of her searches through the hills for ginseng; of pie suppers and sleigh rides; of outings with her sons when they were young, and later, with her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. See also oral history interview (1993-048).
Curry, a farmer and housewife from Taylor County, Kentucky, began keeping the diaries when she was given a five-year diary as a gift from her great-aunt on her thirteenth birthday. Since then, she has kept an almost daily record of life in rural Kentucky.
Allene Curry diaries (microfilm), 1993_070-UA. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Allene Curry diaries (microfilm), 1993_070-UA. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/789 Accessed February 25, 2021.