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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2162

Josephine Preston Peabody diaries


Diaries of American poet, dramatist and feminist Josephine Preston Peabody.


  • 1890-1922

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2 linear feet (16 volumes in 16 boxes)
he diaries describe daily life in and around Cambridge, Massachusetts, including family life, transcriptions of conversations, fashions, theatre, concerts, reflections on current events, and descriptions of acquaintances. Also describe in some detail two trips to Europe. Earlier diaries include her early literary aspirations, studies at Radcliffe, and frequent discussions of poetry and music. Later diaries occasionally include short poetic compositions, descriptions of outings with poets Edwin Arlington Robinson and Amy Lowell, and comments on the publication and staging of her plays. Also included are some ephemera, clippings, pressed plants, and photographs of Peabody and her family inserted into the diaries.

Biographical / Historical

Peabody was an American poet, dramatist, pacifist and feminist. She was a special student at Radcliffe College (1894-1896).


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*45M-642. Gift of Professor Lionel S. Marks;received: 1942.
Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. Josephine Preston Peabody diaries, 1890-1922: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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