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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B598

Diary of Calista Billings, 1848-1849


Diary kept by Calista Billings.


  • Creation: 1848-1849

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the diary created by Calista Billings 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.


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Collection consists of a diary created by Calista Billings. Entries include accounts of her social life and commentary on public affairs, such as Zachary Taylor's campaign and election; the Canton Taylor Club; "Free Soil Party" meetings; and attending the procession held in Boston, Massachusetts, celebrating the opening of the Lake Cochituate aqueduct, which brought fresh water to Boston from Natick, Massachusetts. Other topics include traveling on the Stoughton Turnpike by sleigh; creating tableaux from popular books for entertainment; the murder of George Parkman by John Webster; and seeing the local Native Americans.


Calista Billings lived in Canton, Massachusetts, with her aunt and uncle.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 82-M186

The diary of Calista Billings was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from John F. Walsh in 1982.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital Surrogates of the items in this collection are available through the Adam Matthew online database Gender: Identity and Social Change (Access restricted to subscribing institutions).

Processing Information

Processed: October 1982

By: Sarah Burns

Updated and additional description added: February 2021

By: Cat Lea Holbrook

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 Zetlin Sisters Fund and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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