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COLLECTION Identifier: A/S951

Diary of M.L. Sullivan, 1888


Travel diary of M.L. Sullivan, describing her trip to Europe.


  • Creation: 1888

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the diary created by M.L. Sullivan is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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 contains a diary describing M.L. Sullivan's sea voyage (including bouts of seasickness and an account of the inspection of luggage by customs officials in Ireland) and travels in Ireland and England, and on the Continent, June 1 - September 28, 1888. She describes the weather, sights seen (including Blarney Castle in Ireland and Caernarfon Castle in Wales), and also reports having her first (and she notes, hopefully her last) drink of goats' milk.


A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, M. L. Sullivan traveled to Europe with a companion in 1888. One of her fellow passengers on the steamer to Europe was Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln. Sullivan's trip lasted four months and countries visited included Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2004-M135

The Cookbook of M.L. Sullivan was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from the House of Mirth in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2004

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: November 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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