[Photo: Robert Shields]

home > on-air > shorts >

Robert Shields, World's Longest Diary
Recorded in Dayton, Washington.
Premiered January 27, 1994, on Morning Edition.

For twenty years, Robert Shields of Dayton, Washington, has kept a written record of absolutely everything that has happened to him, day and night. For no less than four hours each day, Shields holes himself up in the small office in his home, turns on his stereo, and types. His diary, at 35 million words, is believed to be the world's longest.

Producer David Isay / Mix engineer: Caryl Wheeler / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York State Council on the Arts and the Corporation. Photograph by Harvey Wang.


Please consider supporting the work of Sound Portraits and StoryCorps by making a donation.

This piece is available in the following audio formats [6:14 min]:
Real Audio



Holding On, a book with an oral history based on this documentary

A page from Robert Shields's diary

YOU ARE HERE: home > on-air > shorts > WORLDS LONGEST DIARY

email this page | top of page


home  |  ON-AIR |  in-print |  about |  education |  support |  store

Sound Portraits Productions, 80 Hanson Place, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Telephone (646) 723-7020 | Fax (646) 723-7026

Copyright © 2016 Sound Portraits Productions. All rights reserved.