Dr. Stearns kept diaries and accounts of his life and money troubles during the years
1857-1883. In 1973 the Library at California State University, Chico obtained permission
to photocopy these diaries. They are listed as close to a chronological order as possible
Year of 1857 and Year of 1869
Year of 1869
Years of 1863-1867
Year of 1871 (personal
accounts and business matters)
Year of 1872 (personal accounts, notes,
money and travel)
Year of 1873 March-April (personal accounts and travel)
Years of 1873-1876 (private accounts)
Year of 1875 (private
Year of 1876 (personal accounts in Magalia, California)
Year of 1884 (personal accounts-final one before his death
1868, 1869, and 1770 (personal accounts, notes, curealls, and receipts)
Years of 1863, 1883-1888 (business accounts, addresses, tax receipts)
Years of 1863-1864, 1881-1883 (personal accounts and beginning of illness)
Years of 1876-1878 (almanac, personal accounts)
Amos Keyes Stearns was born in Rutland, Ohio on March 5, 1813. He majored in medicine at
Athens College and began his practice as a general physician. In 1845 he married
nineteen-year-old Charlotte Durgin and they had four children--Charles, Ezra, Amos, and
Elida. (Amos and Elida both died in their early twenties, Elida leaving a husband and at
least one child.) Between 1845 and 1852 the family lived in Exeter, Wisconsin and St.
Mary's, Ohio where the doctor practiced. A strongly religious man, Amos was an elder in
St. Mary's Presbyterian Church.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible
for satisfying any claimants of literary property .
Collection is open for research.