Anne Lister journal transcripts
Anne Lister wrote over four million words over her lifetime (1791-1840) in the form of personal journals (a sixth of which in coded language to keep secret the details of her intimate life and reflections), gifting us with insight about a rich and adventurous life. The journals are kept by the West Yorkshire Archive Service. The facsimile image for each journal page can be accessed fully and freely online from the WYAS online catalogue.
There is no complete, fully available version of all transcribed journals today.
However, there are hundreds of volunteers—known as Anne Lister Code Breakers—doing this transcription work today and generously donating their transcriptions back to the archives so that someday they may be available to all. (Anyone can join this collective effort). You can follow this ongoing work under the #AnneListerCodeBreaker hashtag on Twitter. As well, many books about Anne Lister contain excerpts of journal entries.
Below is a list of blogs by codebreakers, where you can read various transcribed entries from different periods in Anne Lister’s life. If you know of any others, please let us know.
by Jane Kendall (@janekendalljane)
Journal transcriptions from 1829 Jul. 11-29; 1830 Nov. 10-Dec. 1; 1831 Jul. 7-Aug. 1 and Dec. 5-25; 1832 Mar. 1-21 and Sep. 28-Oct. 15; 1833 Feb. 6-Mar. 4 and Sept. 18-Nov. 9; 1835 Jan. 2-28, Sept. 8-Oct. 18, and Dec. 15-31; 1836 Jan. 1-21
Anne Lister Journal Transcriptions
by Steph Gallaway (@skgway)
Transcriptions of entries from Anne Lister’s stay with the Norcliffe family at Langton Hall in 1818, 1820, with the Belcombes at Petergate in 1821, Isabella's Norcliffe's stay with the Listers at Shibden Hall in 1824, Anne's journey to Paris (and introduction to Maria Barlow) in 1824, writing to Sibella MacLean and Maria Barlow from Shibden Hall in 1825, visit to Lawton Hall in 1828 with Mariana and Charles, the 'Mr. Ainsworth' business with Ann Walker in 1832, and more.
Anne Lister Norway
by Yvonne Haugen (@yvonnehaugen)
Transcripts of the full Norway travel journal with illustrations, maps markings and comments.
Helena Whitbread's transcripts
by Helena Whitbread (@helenawhitbread)
Select journal entries (some partial only) from the period of 1817-1824 from Helena Whitbread's extensive transcription work done for her books "I Know My Own Heart" and "No Priest But Love".
Miss Lister Keeps A Journal
by Jenna Beyer (@BeyerJenna5)
In progress transcription of the period of May-July 1822, which will include Anne Lister's trip to Wales, where she visits the Ladies of Llangollen.
Tour of North Wales 11-27 July 1822
by Kirsty McHugh, edited by Elizabeth Edwards
Transcription of journal entries from Anne's tour of North Wales 11-27 July, 1822.