Rutherford B. Hayes kept a diary from age twelve to his death at age 70 in 1893. He was one of only three presidents to keep a diary while in office. The edited diaries and letters were published in 1922 as a set of five volumes, The Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States, edited by Charles Richard Williams (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1922).

These 3000 pages of text have been digitized and are now available online for students, scholars, and anyone interested in Hayes and the social and political history of his time period. Researchers can search by volume and keyword or browse through the 5 volumes page by page. Please remember this digitized publication is only a small part of what is available on President Hayes. Be sure to contact the Hayes Presidential Library for additional information.

Here are four versions of the digitized diary.  Choose whichever one suits your needs: - Our original version, updated and improved:


Ohio Memory version, also hosted by  This new version includes digital images of the pages from the 1922 volumes: 








 version - This also has both the images and multiple ways to download pages:





 version  - for those people like to use Google's digital books collection: