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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C588

Diary of Lucy Florilla Clapp, 1872


Lucy Florilla Clapp's daily diary of farm life in Franklin Township, Ohio.


  • Creation: 1872

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lucy Florilla Clapp as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 folders

Collection contains Clapp's leather-bound daily diary from 1872. Clapp, at the time age 27, records her daily activities working on the family farm and details of an active social life. Her work includes washing dishes, churning butter, milking, baking and canning, sewing and mending clothes. Clapp also describes frequent visits with friends and neighbors, church socials and services. She also records weather, her bedtime. A cash accounting for 1872 is at the back of the diary, as are two later notes, one about a broken engagement.


Lucy Florilla Clapp was born in Franklin Township, Ohio, in 1845 to Mary (Brown) and Selah Sheldon Clapp. The Clapps lived on a small farm where they raised cows for milk. Lucy and her older sister Mary Adelia worked with their parents on the farm and never married. Lucy Clapp died in 1934.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M45

The diary of Lucy Florilla Clapp was given to the Schlesinger Library by David H. Wallace in July 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2020

By: Jenny Gotwals

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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