Encouraged by her mother, Frances Willard began to keep a diary on January 1, 1855. Her early journals describe her life on a farm in Janesville, Wisconsin, and her experience at the Milwaukee Female Seminary, and include lively observations about everything around her--daily life, schoolwork, religion, the roles of men and women, as well as expressions of her hopes and ambitions.
Journal 1January, 1855September, 1857
Journal 2July, 1855August, 1855
Journal 3September, 1855December, 1855
Journal 4January, 1856December, 1856
Journal 5January, 1857December, 1857