The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives

January 13, 2011 Updated: January 13, 2011

One of the most personal ways to explore the past is through individuals’ diaries. The Morgan Library and Museum has collected diaries of historic figures spanning over three centuries, including Charlotte Brontë, Tennessee Williams, Albert Einstein, John Steinbeck, and Bob Dylan. As busy New Yorkers barely have time to transcribe their lives on paper, the exhibition explores not only the lives of the people, but also the tradition and human desire to document their daily encounters and thoughts.

The exhibit, known as “The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives,” runs from Jan. 21 to May 22. The museum is located at 225 Madison Ave.