Diary of Ruth Loggie

Ruth Loggie’s 1915-1916 war diary consists of a single ledger bound in deep red leather with the word Diary printed in gold on the cover. The diary measures 17 x 11.5 x 2 centimetres. Red lines divide each week into eight equal sections, with space for daily notes and an additional Memo section. The respective month and year appear at the top of each page. However, instead of using this diary for entries in chronological order, Loggie reconfigured it for herself, her own dates overriding the pre-formatted chronology of 1916. Thus, she begins her entries on 6 May 1915. Eight pages of pressed leaves accompany these initial entries, making this diary especially interesting for its visual impact as a material culture object.

Diary Transcription