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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1127

Commonplace books of Grace Hobart and Ethel Hobart Rowse, ca.1840-1896


Commonplace books of Grace Hobart and Ethel Hobart Rowse.


  • 1840-1896

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Grace Hobart and Ethel Hobart Rowse 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.


1.42 linear feet (2 folio boxes)

Collection contains two commonplace books. One book may have been kept by Grace Hobart of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It contains copied poems and drafts of a novel. A copied sermon near the end of the volume is dated January 1849. The other book has the inscription "Ethel Hobart from Papa" on the front flyleaf, and may have been owned by Ethel Hobart Rowse. This book also contains drafts of novellas and stories (1891-1896). The book also includes pages torn from a notebook and drafts of stories on loose sheets.


Grace A. Hobart, whose father was Henry Hobart, lived in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in the mid-nineteenth century. Ethel Hobart Rowse was born in 1881 and lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was a friend of penologist and reformer Miriam Van Waters, who served as superintendent of the Reformatory for Women in Framingham, Massachusetts (1932-1957). Rowse married Herbert Winship Rowse. She died in 1967.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M18

The commonplace books of Grace Hobart and Ethel Hobart Rowse were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mabel Cabot, May 2008.

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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