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COLLECTION Identifier: A/T3688

Motor log book of Rosamond Thaxter, 1925-1936.


Automobile travel log of writer and philanthropist Rosamond Thaxter.


  • 1925-1936

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the motor log book created by Rosamond Thaxter may be held by her heirs or assigns.

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


1 folder

The collection consists of a volume entitled My Motor Log Book which includes details of Rosamond Thaxter's travels, mainly throughout New England. A trip in March and April 1927 to Washington DC; Charleston, South Carolina; and other states is also recorded. Thaxter records distances traveled, time spent in travel, weather, road conditions, travel companions, stops made and visits paid, and other details of automobile trips. The purchase of a new car on April 11, 1931 is also noted.


Philanthropist Rosamond Thaxter was born on April 14, 1895 in Kittery Point, Maine, the only child of John and Mary Stoddard Thaxter. She grew up in Kittery Point and spent most of her adult life there. She traveled widely, visiting Italy, France, Spain, and Japan, as well as other countries. She devoted much of her life to volunteering for organizations including the Girl Scouts and for causes such as environmentalism. She was also a founder of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1962, she published a biography of her paternal grandmother, poet Celia Thaxter, entitled Sandpiper: The Life and Letters of Celia Thaxter. She also wrote a short memoir: "Aunt Rozzie Remembers." She died on January 9, 1989 in Kittery Point.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 96-M5

The motor log book of Rosamond Thaxter was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from DeWolfe and Wood in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed: January 1996

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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