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Frederick Starr (1858-1933) was born in Auburn, New York, one of seven children of the Reverend Frederick Starr, Jr. (1826-1867), a Presbyterian clergyman and abolitionist, and Helen Mills Starr (1827-1925), daughter of Professor Henry Mills of the Auburn Theological Seminary. Starr arrived at Lafayette College in 1880 for his first term junior year, and graduated in 1882 with a Bachelor of Science. Lafayette College later awarded him a Doctor of Science in 1907, and he served as a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, 1892-1923. Diaries, dated 1880 April 5-1883 July 5, present the daily activities, reactions, and candid thoughts of a curious young man finding his way through the spartan experience of life at a small college.