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Alvin McDonald Diary

Alvin McDonald

Alvin McDonald

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Alvin McDonald was not quite 18 when he started recording his cave explorations in a diary.

Click here to view the text of Alvin McDonald's diary, or click on the purple page descriptions to download a PDF of the pages associated with that month or topic. You can also look at individual pages by clicking on the page numbers to download a PDF of each handwritten page of his diary. Each page is a separate file (50-200 k). A good place to start is in January as earlier pages are mostly monetary accounts.

The months (in purple) contain all of the days listed to the side.

The pages are numbered consecutively as they are found in the diary; however Alvin skipped some numbers and duplicated others causing some confusion.


Did You Know?

American bison on the Wind Cave National Park prairie

The American bison is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. Male bison can weigh a ton and can run 35 miles per hour. Do not approach bison. They weigh more and can outrun you. More...