The Diary of Opal Whiteley
First published in the Atlantic Monthly Magazine in 1920
This digital edition is part of the Intersect Digital Library, 2001

"Today the folks are gone away from the house we do live in. They are gone a little way away, to the ranch-house where the grandpa does live. I sit on our steps and I do print. I like it -- this house we do live in being at the edge of the near woods. So many little people do live in the near woods. I do have conversations with them. I found the near woods first day I did go explores . . . . . ."

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Table of Contents

In March of 1920, the Atlantic Monthly published the first of a series of articles describing the day to day adventures and misadventures of a young girl growing up in the woods and farming community of western Oregon. This young girl was Opal Whiteley. Her diary described a world as a child of 6 and 7 sees it, alive with creatures, fairies, talking trees, and singing creeks.

This digital edition of Opal's Diary has been specially expanded with pictures, overviews, explanations, and maps to help you read and study it more easily. You can learn more about these resources by following these links:

First of all, the Resources Page has links to everything!

Otherwise, here are some things to get you started:
Getting around the Diary.You can go anywhere in the the Diary from the Table of Contents page, or you can choose from one of these options:
List of Chapters Get a whole chapter on one web page.
Opal didn't use any dates, but we've found them for you.
If Opal's chapters or days are too long and slow, try Scenes. They still tell a whole story.
Sometimes less is more!

Don't know were to start? Try one of the ideas from the Reading Strategies Page.
Learning more. These pages have more information to help you read and understand Opal's Diary:
Opal led a long life of adventure. Read more about her.
Get tips, advice and help reading this DIGITAL DIARY!
See wonderful pictures of Opal, her family, friends, her world, and then read about what you see.
See how Opal's time flows by.
Look up people, pets, and all sorts of things, and then jump into the Diary to read about them.
Get the low down on Opal's whereabouts

You can SEARCH the DIARY by typing key words into this search box:

There are tips about searching on the Search Page, and you'll find a search box on every page of the book!


The edition of the Diary of Opal Whiteley is part of The Intersect Digital Library. It was created by the staff members of Project INTERSECT at the Center for Advanced Technology in Education at the University of Oregon with funds from U.S. Department of Education; Office of Special Education Programs; Grant #H327A80044.

For information about the Library and this project go to the top of the Library:

For descriptions of the other digital books available in the library, go to the Library Catalog.

Our special thanks to Steve Williamson for his tireless work on this book.


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Last Updated February 1, 2001