The volume is a combination of a farm diary and an account book, detailing the daily farm chores and by whom they were performed. Also documented in the volume are the amounts of money expended on family members and contracted laborers, amounts paid for goods purchased, and the sale of farm produce. The upkeep and maintenance on the farm and its buildings is also noted in the diary. The compiler's identity is unknown.
Maryland Farm Diary, 1879-1894, Archives Center, National Museum of American History