Between 1862 and his death in 1908 Joseph Mathia Svoboda, born to a family of European origin in Baghdad, kept diaries detailing the journeys he made as purser aboard British Lynch Company steamships plying the Tigris between Baghdad and Basra. In addition to recording ship data, including weather, river conditions, cargoes, passengers, port calls, epidemic diseases, and other significant events affecting the ship, he adorns his narrative with accounts of his large extended family, an extensive circle of friends, his relations with local officials, and political and social gossip. The result is a unique glimpse of life from the perspective of the European expatriate community of 19th century Iraq.

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  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (CSV) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_160_csv.csv
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (XLSX) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_110_arb.xlsx
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (TEX) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_050_tex.tex
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (XML) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_010_xml.xml
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (Word List) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_150_wla.txt
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (Arabic) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. Arabic translations. jms_047_11_1897_120_arb.html
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (PDF) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_060_pdf.pdf
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (Summary) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898 jms_047_11_1897_040_sum.html
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (HTML) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898 jms_047_11_1897_030_htm.html
  • Diary 47 November 1897-August 1898 (TXT) 

    Svoboda, Joseph Mathia (Newbook Digital Texts, 2016-08-17)
    A journal of commercial voyages and domestic life on the Tigris River from November 1897 to August 1898. jms_047_11_1897_020_trf.txt