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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 258

Diaries of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily Marshall Eliot Morison, 1859-1922


Diaries of Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison, members of a prominent Boston family.


  • 1859-1922


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Emily Marshall Otis Eliot 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.


1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)

Emily Marshall Otis Eliot's diaries cover the years 1859 through 1864 and Emily M. E. Morison's diaries the years 1868 through 1922, with gaps from September 1871 to December 1877, 1885 to 1891, and 1895 to June 1908. The diaries center on the family and social life of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison, recording their day by day activities as well as their extensive travels. In general, they recorded events, the state of their own and their family's health, with little mention of their thoughts or feelings. Emily M. E. Morison appears to have stopped writing during the most important and busy periods of her life, such as the time of her marriage and the birth of her two sons. Occasionally they enclosed newsclippings, letters, photographs, or drawings.

Dates noted in the diaries: January 21: John Morison's birthday; February 14: Emily M. E. Morison's birthday; March 13: Emily Marshall Otis Eliot's birthday; March 16: Emily Marshall Otis Eliot's son Willy's birthday; June 7: Emily Marshall Otis Eliot's wedding anniversary; June 26: Emily M. E. Morison's wedding anniversary; July 9: Samuel Eliot Morison's birthday; November 19: Emily M. E. Morison's son John Bradford's birthday; December 22: Samuel Eliot's birthday.


Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison were grandmother and mother of Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, the Harvard University naval historian. Member of an old and prominent Boston family, Emily Marshall Otis Eliot was the wife of Samuel Eliot, president of Trinity College and later a lecturer at Harvard and superintendent of the Boston public schools. Emily M. E. Morison was the wife of John Holmes Morison, a lawyer and a graduate of Harvard. The two Samuels were Harvard graduates as well.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 76-290

The diaries of Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1976 by Emily M. Beck.

Container list

  1. Box 1: Volumes 1-7
  2. Box 2: Volumes 8-14
  3. Box 3: Volumes 15-21
  4. Box 4: Volumes 22-27

Processing Information

Processed: January 1978

By: Joan E. Titus

Eliot, Emily Marshall Otis, 1832-1906. Diaries of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily Marshall Eliot Morison, 1859-1922: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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