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COLLECTION Identifier: A/L324

Diary of Lily Larkin, 1868-1876


Diary, describing trips to Europe, of 19th century Bostonian Lily Larkin.


  • Creation: 1868-1876

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lily Larkin 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 a diary describing in detail Lily Larkin's ocean voyage and her travels through England Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and France in 1868. (The diary begins with a passage apparently written by a Mr. John C. Gray, a fellow passenger who Larkin notes is "extremely agreeable and kind.") Larkin describes expeditions to the Grand National Rose-Show at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, Westminster Abbey, and the British Museum; trips to different parts of England; sightseeing and shopping in Belgium; and hikes in Switzerland. She notes, "Brussels seems to be a great place for lingerie of all kinds" and comments on the reasonable price of lace there. Later entries describe an 1876 trip to England, France, Italy, and Switzerland with Walter and Hattie, who may be her husband and daughter. This trip was undertaken with hopes that a summer in Europe would improve Hattie's health and many entries note her condition.


Lily Larkin was a young woman in Boston, Massachusetts, who traveled to Europe in 1868 and again in 1876.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 98-M146

The diary of Lily Larkin was given to the Schlesinger Library by Kate Larson in August 1998.

Processing Information

Processed: September 1998

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 Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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