About the Collection
Norman W. Cameron (1876-1947) was a Thomasite teacher in the Philippines from 1901-1904. Cameron had previously been an educator for six years in the public schools in Blacksburg, S.C., when he left his home in Maryland in July 1901 for San Francisco. On July 23, he departed for the Philippines on the steamer "Thomas" as one of a group of 540 American teachers selected by the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
Arriving in August, Cameron taught in Tagbilaran, Bohol until 1904, when he was reassigned to the grade school at Tubigon. He left the Philippines in March of that year and returned to the United States, where he continued his career in various positions in public schools and teachers' colleges until his retirement in 1939.
Collection consists of 5 volume Diary of N.W. Cameron, Tagbilaran, Bohol, P.I. 1901 Aug. 15-1904 May 9. Span the duration of Cameron's stay in the Philippines. The first entry, written while on board the "Thomas", is a retrospective account of events beginning with his departure from Maryland on July 17, previously written in a journal that was stolen.
Manuscript diaries spanning the duration of Cameron's stay in the Philippines. The first entry, written while on board the "Thomas", is a retrospective account of events beginning with his departure from Maryland on July 17, previously written in a journal that was stolen.
Topics vary widely and include reflections on the hardships of life in the Philippines, reactions to world events, the weather, Cameron's health, attendance and delinquency at the school, and anecdotes involving various colleagues and friends.
Also housed with the diaries is a black and white photograph of Cameron taken ca. 1901, probably in Manila.
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