Diaries

The Diaries, 1939-1967. About 500 men and women kept personal diaries which they sent to Mass Observation in monthly instalments. No special instructions were given to diarists, and consequently the diaries vary considerably in style and content. Although some people maintained a continuous flow for years on end, other diarists wrote intermittently or for one short period. Most diarists stopped after 1945, although a few carried on well into the post-war years. The last diary received is dated 1967.

The diaries offer separate accounts of what was happening each month, allowing users to compare accounts and trace events as they unfolded. For anyone studying the outbreak of the war, the impact of Dunkirk, the Blitz, evacuation, or a host of other topics, they are indispensable. As Professor Tony Kushner says, “it is a collection of diaries that has few equivalents for this period anywhere in the world.”

5001 July 1941 - May 1945 1907 M
5002 August 1939 - July 1940 1868 M
5003 February 1940 - January 1942 1910 M
5004 July 1941 - March 1945 1908 M
5005 July 1941 - December 1944 1922 M
5006 January 1940 - July 1941 1913 M
5007 August 1939 1915 M
5009 July 1941 - March 1942 1892 M
5010 August 1939 - May 1942 1917 M
5011 August 1939 1915 M
5012 August 1939 1912 M
5013 June 1942 - July 1942 M
5014 February 1940 - May 1940 1912 M
5015 September 1941 - March 1942 M
5016 February 1942 - September 1942 1921 M
5017 October 1941 - November 1941 1914 M
5019 November 1941 1875 M
5020 July 1941 - October 1941 1920 M
5021 November 1941 - November 1942 1916 M
5023 July 1941 - September 1941 1921 M
5024 August 1940 - September 1940 M
5026 March 1940 1920 M
5027 August 1940 M
5028 No Entries M
5029 November 1941 M
5030 November 1941 - December 1947 1885 M
5031 July 1940 M
5032 November 1939 - January 1943 1918 M
5033 August 1939 - September 1951 1872 M
5035 September 1939 - December 1942 1894 M
5036 October 1939 1921 M
5037 August 1940 - November 1942 1904 M
5038 October 1941 M
5039 May 1941 - June 1941 1918 M
5039.1 August 1939 - October 1941 1901 M
5039.11 July 1941 - September 1941 M
5039.2 July 1941 - April 1950 1910 M
5039.3 May 1940 - February 1942 1893 M
5039.4 March 1942 - April 1942 M
5039.5 July 1941 - April 1942 M
5039.6 August 1944 - February 1945 1918 M
5039.7 November 1939 M
5039.8 July 1941 - July 1942 1921 M
5039.9 August 1939 - April 1941 1921 M
5040 September 1939 1922 M
5041 April 1940 1906 M
5041.1 September 1940 1920 M
5042 September 1939 - October 1939 1901 M
5043 October 1948 - April 1949 M
5044 April 1940 1914 M
5045 November 1941 - January 1946 1890 M
5046 August 1939 - September 1939 1917 M
5047 August 1941 - December 1941 M
5048 July 1941 - September 1941 M
5049 February 1941 M
5050 November 1941 M
5051 June 1943 1922 M
5052 January 1942 - December 1943 1889 M
5053 July 1941 - December 1941 M
5054 August 1939 - February 1940 1916 M
5055 September 1939 1907 M
5056 August 1940 - December 1942 1911 M
5057 August 1939 - July 1940 1912 M
5058 September 1939 - March 1940 1882 M
5059 October 1939 1915 M
5061 August 1941 - December 1941 1910 M
5061.1 September 1939 - January 1943 1920 M
5062 September 1939 - May 1940 1919 M
5063 August 1940 M
5064 August 1939 - December 1939 1921 M
5065 July 1941 - January 1943 1893 M
5066 April 1942 - May 1942 M
5067 July 1941 - December 1941 1911 M
5068 July 1944 - April 1945 1919 M
5069 February 1940 1918 M
5070 October 1939 - November 1939 1903 M
5071 January 1940 - March 1941 M
5072 July 1941 - March 1943 1913 M
5073 September 1939 - December 1939 1915 M
5074 January 1940 - February 1940 1916 M
5075 August 1941 - February 1942 1905 M
5076 November 1940 - June 1965 1901 M
5077 August 1944 - November 1944 1900 M
5078 January 1944 M
5079 October 1939 1904 M
5080 August 1939 - September 1939 1908 M
5081 August 1940 - November 1940 1917 M
5082 March 1940 - May 1942 M
5083 November 1939 - June 1941 1920 M
5083.1 February 1942 M
5084 September 1939 1921 M
5086 August 1939 - October 1939 1920 M
5088 April 1942 - January 1946 1902 M
5089 September 1939 - August 1947 1915 M
5090 September 1939 - November 1939 1917 M
5091 November 1940 - December 1941 1924 M
5092 August 1939 - October 1944 1898 M
5093 May 1940 1905 M
5094 June 1940 - August 1940 M
5095 August 1940 - September 1940 M
5096 August 1939 - October 1939 1866 M
5097 March 1943 1914 M
5098 September 1940 - March 1951 1869 M
5098.1 November 1940 - April 1948 1872 M
5100 September 1941 - March 1943 M
5101 August 1939 - January 1940 1914 M
5102 August 1939 - April 1940 1920 M
5103 February 1940 - November 1956 1909 M
5104 September 1939 - December 1939 1917 M
5105 August 1941 - February 1942 M
5106 September 1939 1896 M
5107 August 1939 - October 1939 1919 M
5108 April 1941 1914 M
5109 January 1943 - September 1943 1916 M
5110 July 1942 - February 1948 1900 M
5111 September 1939 - January 1945 1906 M
5112 October 1941 - November 1941 1915 M
5113 May 1942 - June 1946 1903 M
5114 October 1939 M
5116 July 1941 - July 1942 M
5117 September 1940 1920 M
5118 August 1939 - December 1944 1922 M
5119 February 1944 M
5120 August 1939 - September 1939 1917 M
5121 October 1939 - December 1939 1922 M
5122 November 1945 - April 1949 M
5123 April 1940 1903 M
5124 July 1941 M
5126 September 1939 - November 1940 1921 M
5127 October 1941 - March 1942 1916 M
5127.1 March 1942 - August 1942 M
5128 June 1940 - August 1945 1903 M
5129 October 1939 - April 1941 1906 M
5130 September 1940 - December 1940 1913 M
5131 July 1941 M
5132 September 1939 - October 1945 1906 M
5133 August 1939 - October 1939 1918 M
5134 December 1942 1920 M
5135 September 1939 - March 1940 1922 M
5136 October 1939 - February 1940 1909 M
5137 April 1941 - December 1941 1903 M
5138 August 1939 - April 1940 1920 M
5139 August 1941 - January 1951 1920 M
5140 July 1941 - September 1941 M
5141 August 1939 - September 1939 1922 M
5142 September 1939 - September 1940 1917 M
5143 September 1939 - February 1941 1921 M
5144 February 1942 1921 M
5145 September 1939 - April 1940 1916 M
5146 July 1940 - August 1940 M
5147 August 1939 - March 1942 1917 M
5148 July 1941 M
5149 July 1941 - February 1942 1922 M
5150 September 1940 - March 1943 1902 M
5151 August 1940 1924 M
5152 April 1940 1909 M
5153 August 1940 - December 1940 1905 M
5154 October 1939 - February 1945 1922 M
5155 August 1939 - July 1940 1907 M
5156 August 1939 - September 1939 1907 M
5157 August 1940 - March 1944 1880 M
5159 August 1941 - January 1942 M
5160 September 1941 - January 1942 1916 M
5161 August 1939 - September 1939 1914 M
5162 October 1941 M
5163 August 1939 - December 1943 1892 M
5164 September 1939 - December 1939 1917 M
5165 November 1940 - March 1942 M
5166 August 1940 - September 1940 1920 M
5167 November 1943 1926 M
5168 May 1940 1921 M
5169 October 1942 - November 1942 1911 M
5170 August 1939 - November 1941 1905 M
5171 October 1941 - May 1942 M
5172 October 1942 - November 1943 1913 M
5173 October 1939 - October 1944 1902 M
5174 August 1941 - July 1942 1914 M
5175 May 1940 1916 M
5176 September 1941 - May 1945 1905 M
5177 May 1942 - October 1943 1920 M
5178 June 1942 - January 1943 1907 M
5179 August 1939 - August 1944 1878 M
5180 August 1939 - August 1944 1881 M
5181 August 1941 - May 1945 1912 M
5182 September 1939 - December 1939 1914 M
5183 November 1939 - August 1951 M
5185 September 1939 - October 1941 1918 M
5186 October 1941 - March 1945 1910 M
5187 September 1939 1916 M
5188 April 1941 - November 1942 1917 M
5189 August 1940 - October 1940 M
5190 August 1939 - October 1945 1884 M
5191 October 1940 - June 1941 1909 M
5192 July 1941 - October 1942 1907 M
5193 November 1941 - July 1942 M
5193.1 August 1939 - August 1941 1892 M
5194 August 1940 1922 M
5196 May 1942 - September 1942 1910 M
5197 February 1940 - April 1940 M
5198 September 1944 - February 1945 1917 M
5199 August 1939 - June 1945 1876 M
5200 July 1941 - October 1941 M
5201 August 1939 - December 1945 1907 M
5202 August 1940 - April 1942 M
5203 November 1941 - February 1942 1916 M
5204 September 1939 - March 1940 1892 M
5205 August 1939 - June 1945 1920 M
5206 February 1940 1924 M
5207 April 1940 - July 1940 1913 M
5208 August 1939 - April 1940 1913 M
5209 September 1939 - February 1940 1878 M
5210 May 1942 - February 1944 1917 M
5211 February 1940 1915 M
5212 September 1939 - December 1940 1911 M
5213 July 1944 - August 1945 1921 M
5214 October 1941 - November 1943 1873 M
5215 September 1939 - February 1944 1911 M
5216 August 1939 - November 1952 1904 M
5217 August 1939 - June 1951 1912 M
5218 February 1943 M
5219 August 1941 - December 1941 1906 M
5220 September 1939 - September 1944 1904 M
5221 February 1944 - August 1946 1927 M
5223 August 1939 - December 1939 1925 M
5224 August 1939 - September 1939 1913 M
5225 October 1939 - January 1940 1889 M
5226 August 1941 - December 1943 1921 M
5228 August 1939 - March 1940 1914 M
5229 August 1939 - October 1939 1915 M
5230 August 1939 - August 1945 1896 M
5231 August 1939 - August 1940 1920 M
5232 September 1939 - June 1940 1919 M
5233 July 1941 - October 1947 1911 M
5234 May 1940 1917 M
5235 February 1940 - January 1943 1907 M
5236 October 1941 - February 1942 M
5237 August 1939 - May 1940 1914 M
5238 July 1944 - October 1944 1897 F
5239 September 1939 - April 1949 1917 F
5240 August 1939 - October 1957 1897 F
5242 October 1939 - November 1939 1892 F
5243 May 1945 - September 1945 F
5244 August 1940 - December 1940 1916 F
5245 October 1940 - March 1944 1908 F
5246 August 1939 - October 1940 1911 F
5247 November 1941 - September 1943 1915 F
5248 February 1943 F
5249 September 1939 - February 1940 1905 F
5250 August 1939 - September 1953 1909 F
5253 April 1940 - January 1944 1896 F
5254 October 1941 - October 1942 1902 F
5255 March 1940 - April 1941 1890 F
5256 November 1941 - February 1946 1909 F
5257 October 1940 1911 F
5258 December 1940 - June 1941 1904 F
5259 May 1942 1907 F
5260 February 1942 - July 1942 1907 F
5261 September 1941 - April 1945 1916 F
5262 September 1939 - December 1939 1897 F
5263 August 1939 - June 1941 1910 F
5266 August 1944 - April 1945 1908 F
5267 May 1943 - December 1944 1923 F
5268 May 1943 1891 F
5269 August 1939 - September 1940 1912 F
5270 April 1945 - October 1946 F
5271 November 1942 - August 1948 1896 F
5272 September 1941 - May 1945 1884 F
5274 August 1944 - September 1944 F
5275 October 1939 - January 1946 1890 F
5276 August 1939 - December 1939 1906 F
5277 October 1940 - April 1947 F
5278 August 1939 - October 1942 1912 F
5280 September 1939 - March 1941 1902 F
5281 July 1941 - September 1944 1895 F
5282 August 1939 - October 1945 1891 F
5283 September 1939 - December 1946 1887 F
5284 October 1941 - December 1944 1909 F
5285 January 1940 - March 1941 1913 F
5286 June 1942 - July 1942 F
5287 November 1942 1909 F
5288 February 1942 - September 1943 1911 F
5289 January 1944 - August 1944 F
5290 July 1941 - December 1942 1920 F
5291 August 1939 - June 1940 1908 F
5292 August 1939 - April 1940 1914 F
5293 May 1943 - January 1944 1901 F
5294 June 1940 - February 1941 1923 F
5295 August 1939 - March 1941 1910 F
5296 September 1939 - April 1952 1885 F
5297 August 1939 - August 1940 1910 F
5298 April 1942 - May 1942 1898 F
5299 March 1942 1894 F
5300 August 1939 - November 1939 1918 F
5301 July 1941 - January 1944 1910 F
5302 January 1944 - December 1945 1904 F
5303 August 1944 - January 1946 1922 F
5304 July 1941 - April 1942 F
5305 January 1941 1914 F
5306 November 1939 - November 1944 1891 F
5307 July 1941 - May 1945 1908 F
5308 February 1943 - March 1943 F
5309 May 1942 - April 1943 1894 F
5310 September 1944 - May 1945 1913 F
5311 September 1942 - September 1943 1900 F
5312 August 1939 - August 1940 1901 F
5313 September 1939 - December 1950 1905 F
5314 December 1940 - October 1945 1901 F
5315 September 1939 - October 1939 1895 F
5316 June 1940 1917 F
5317 September 1941 - March 1942 1919 F
5318 October 1941 - January 1949 1887 F
5318.1 April 1941 - June 1943 1914 F
5319 December 1939 - January 1940 F
5321 August 1941 - February 1947 1896 F
5322 August 1939 - March 1940 1917 F
5323 August 1939 - August 1941 1914 F
5324 August 1939 - August 1945 1921 F
5325 February 1940 - April 1945 1876 F
5327 No Entries 1881 F
5328 April 1944 - November 1944 1925 F
5329 September 1941 - February 1943 1912 F
5330 January 1944 1890 F
5331 July 1941 - July 1946 1906 F
5332 August 1939 - February 1940 1905 F
5333 August 1939 - September 1942 1909 F
5334 October 1941 - October 1942 F
5335 February 1942 - July 1943 1899 F
5336 August 1939 - October 1939 1904 F
5337 April 1943 - December 1945 1882 F
5338 August 1941 - December 1959 1892 F
5339 June 1944 1870 F
5340 August 1939 - August 1940 1894 F
5341 August 1939 - February 1942 1916 F
5342 August 1939 - July 1943 1903 F
5344 June 1943 - September 1946 F
5345 August 1939 - October 1939 1916 F
5347 April 1942 - February 1943 1909 F
5348 October 1939 - March 1941 1897 F
5349 August 1939 - April 1944 1905 F
5350 August 1939 1890 F
5351 November 1939 1919 F
5352 August 1939 - July 1943 1922 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5353 August 1939 - February 1966 1890 F
5354 May 1945 - April 1946 F
5355 November 1942 - April 1943 1916 F
5356 December 1939 - March 1940 1889 F
5358 August 1944 - June 1945 1915 F
5359 August 1941 - May 1944 1906 F
5360 August 1941 - April 1942 1915 F
5361 February 1945 - March 1945 F
5362 September 1939 - September 1941 1913 F
5363 August 1939 - April 1940 1913 F
5364 July 1941 - December 1941 F
5365 April 1942 - October 1942 1868 F
5366 August 1939 - June 1940 1894 F
5367 March 1942 - December 1942 F
5368 August 1940 - December 1940 1920 F
5369 June 1942 - May 1943 1918 F
5371 August 1941 - September 1941 1906 F
5372 October 1941 - September 1947 1892 F
5373 September 1940 1913 F
5374 April 1941 - November 1941 F
5375 August 1944 - July 1945 1914 F
5376 August 1939 - September 1945 1900 F
5377 June 1940 - October 1940 1871 F
5378 September 1939 - August 1945 1898 F
5380 November 1943 - September 1944 1917 F
5381 April 1942 - September 1942 F
5382 August 1939 - August 1940 1898 F
5383 September 1939 - June 1940 1916 F
5384 March 1942 - September 1942 1895 F
5385 July 1941 - June 1943 1902 F
5386 February 1940 1890 F
5387 July 1940 F
5388 February 1940 - December 1940 1887 F
5389 May 1944 1913 F
5390 August 1939 - September 1945 1903 F
5390.1 August 1939 - November 1939 1915 F
5391 January 1945 - March 1945 1879 F
5393 September 1944 - September 1953 1889 F
5394 May 1940 - June 1940 1894 F
5395 August 1939 - July 1941 1915 F
5396 September 1939 - January 1941 1903 F
5397 August 1939 - September 1939 1913 F
5398 October 1940 F
5399 August 1939 - March 1947 1879 F
5401 January 1940 - April 1950 F
5402 August 1939 - May 1945 1882 F
5403 July 1944 - July 1947 1923 F
5403.1 November 1941 F
5404 April 1940 - May 1940 1914 F
5405 March 1942 - April 1942 F
5406 August 1939 - April 1940 1914 F
5407 September 1939 1892 F
5408 September 1939 - May 1955 1866 F
5410 July 1941 - September 1949 1915 F
5411 April 1940 - October 1940 1915 F
5412 January 1941 - February 1943 1898 F
5413 February 1940 - August 1942 1892 F
5414 October 1939 - September 1940 1916 F
5415 April 1942 - November 1943 1910 F
5416 October 1939 - July 1940 1880 F
5417 March 1943 - May 1943 F
5418 September 1941 - January 1942 F
5419 September 1939 - May 1941 1908 F
5420 September 1939 - August 1948 1902 F
5421 October 1939 - August 1940 1918 F
5422 August 1939 - July 1940 1915 F
5423 August 1941 - May 1953 1896 F
5424 September 1939 - June 1942 1891 F
5425 August 1939 - January 1943 1915 F
5426 August 1939 - September 1939 1914 F
5427 July 1940 - November 1942 1912 F
5428 April 1944 1926 F
5429 January 1943 - April 1944 1899 F
5430 May 1943 F
5431 November 1939 - December 1939 1914 F
5432 January 1944 - May 1944 1922 F
5433 February 1942 - November 1942 1895 F
5434 September 1939 - September 1944 1894 F
5435 August 1939 - April 1940 1915 F
5436 June 1942 1906 F
5437 August 1939 - December 1939 1905 F
5438 February 1940 - March 1942 1887 F
5439 August 1939 - February 1940 1890 F
5441 August 1940 1910 F
5442 June 1940 1907 F
5443 August 1941 - January 1947 1905 F
5444 April 1944 - October 1944 F
5445 August 1939 - June 1967 1900 F
5446 May 1942 - October 1943 F
5447 August 1941 - April 1951 1902 F
5448 November 1939 - September 1940 1911 F
5450 July 1944 - November 1944 1914 F
5451 July 1941 - October 1942 1898 F
5452 July 1941 - June 1942 1897 F
5453 November 1939 - October 1940 1905 F
5454 May 1941 - June 1942 1905 F
5455 October 1941 - December 1946 1904 F
5455.1 No Entries 1911 F
5456 September 1939 1904 F
5457 December 1943 - July 1944 1886 F
5458 August 1939 - September 1939 1920 F
5459 September 1941 - August 1942 1891 F
5460 March 1942 - January 1946 F
5461 August 1944 1919 F
5462 March 1940 - November 1941 F
5463 September 1939 - May 1953 1892 F
5464 February 1942 - June 1943 1914 F
5465 January 1947 - March 1947 M
5466 February 1947 M
5468 February 1947 M
5469 July 1948 M
5470 March 1950 M
5471 November 1948 - April 1951 M
5472 April 1948 - September 1948 M
5473 October 1946 F
5474 October 1948 - April 1951 F
5475 March 1950 - November 1950 F
5476 April 1948 - July 1948 F
5477 January 1948 - June 1948 F
Unidentified August 1939 - January 1948