The collection consists of a transcription copy of three years of Willard Broat's daily diaries for 1868, 1869 and 1879. In 1867 and 1868 he writes of life in Herkimer County, New York. In 1879 he moved to Buffalo County, Nebraska. Here he writes of establishing his homestead, drilling a well, etc.
This was edited in 1983 by Adell Carr Smith. Smith added an appendix which includes family history and pictures for Broat and his wife, Amelia (Wiley) Broat. Some liniment recipes are also found in the appendix. There are two indexes include: a name index and a place/subject index.