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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1125

Baby books of the Jarvis Weed family, 1907-1942


Baby books of Margaret Ralston Jarvis and her daughter Lucretia Jarvis Weed.


  • 1907-1942

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Jarvis Weed family 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

Collection contains the baby books of Margaret Ralston Jarvis and her daughter Lucretia Jarvis Weed. Margaret Ralston Jarvis' baby book includes sections such as first outing, first creeping, first short clothes, and first Christmas, etc. Also includes a lock of hair (1913) and a few letters and notes such as a list of graduation presents for Peggy (Margaret Jarvis) and an undated note from Peggy to her mother. Lucretia Jarvis Weed's baby book includes information such as baby's weight and height, family tree, baby's first automobile trip, and baby's first interest in radio (baby's reaction). Also includes a description of her first day in kindergarten (1942); envelopes of locks of hair; a drawing made by Lucretia at age 2; handwritten weight and feeding notes; and photographs of Lucretia with her first nurse, her brother Peter, her father, mother, and grandmother. Additional materials include Lucretia's baptism record, congratulation telegrams and letters, a letter from her uncle at her first Christmas, drawings by her brother Peter, and a clipping of the birth announcement.


Margaret Ralston Jarvis was born on December 22, 1907, to William Jarvis and Edith Ralston Jarvis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lucretia Jarvis Weed was born May 24, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Frederick Redfield Weed and Margaret Ralston (Jarvis) Weed.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M15

The baby books of the Jarvis Weed family were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sarah Hollis Perry in February 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2021

By: Laura Peimer

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 Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund, and Class of 1956 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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