John Arkins was a solider in the Union Army as well as a prominent Colorado newspaper editor in the late 1800's. This collection contains materials mostly pertaining to his time in the Civil War. The materials include correspondence, diary entries, burial records, and a biographical sketch written by his nephew. The collection includes both bound diaries and loose pages of diary entries. It appears as if the the loose pages are Arkin's original entries and the bound volumes are later transcriptions possible done by Arkins or his wife.