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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C653

Papers of Eleanor Victoria Cobb, ca.1934


Eleanora Victoria Cobb's account of her voyage from Australia to London, entitled "Around the Horn in the 1870's."


  • 1934

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eleanor Victoria Cobb 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.


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The collection consists of Cobb's memoir of her ocean voyage, describing the ship, her fellow passengers, the officers and crew, activities of the children on board, evening entertainment, and a burial at sea. She notes the "interminable embroidery" done by women and girls while men and boys played deck games, also commenting on her own lack of skill at embroidery. She also observes, "One would wonder how so many people could be confined in the small space of a ship, with so little inconvenience or discomfort. I have a suspicion that forty children of out-to-date style would be considerably in the way. But in that day children were taught their manners and were seldom obtrusive, or disrespectful to their elders."


In 1874, Eleanor Victoria Cobb traveled from Melbourne, Australia, to London, England, on the ship "Norfolk" with her parents and older sister. She was eleven or twelve at the time. The ship carried approximately two hundred passengers, forty of them children, as well as cargo. Sixty years later, Cobb wrote an account of the voyage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 77-M10.

The memoir of Eleanor Victoria Cobb was given to the Schlesinger Library by Lynn Bonfield Donovan, California Historical Society, in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1988

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated and additional description added: September 2020

By: Susan Earle.

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 Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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