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COLLECTION Identifier: A/J764

Diary of Adeline Jones, 1931-1936


Diary of schoolgirl and college student Adeline Jones, in which she describes her studies and her active social life.


  • Creation: 1931-1936

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Adeline Jones 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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The collection consists of a five-year "line a day" diary detailing Adeline Jones's daily activities, including movies seen, visits, parties, and dating. She also comments on her studies in English, history, botany, psychology, and other subjects. On January 23, 1935, she writes, "Today I changed Children's Literature and am taking Amer. History instead. I like History better than I used to." Early June 1931 entries describe several days spent in bed after injuring her leg. Many entries in March 1932 concern rehearsals for a performance of the play Farm Folks and the difficulties she and other cast members had in learning their parts. She also makes mention of someone coming to the door in search of food, and a cyclone that hit Greensboro on April 2, 1936. Two poignant entries, both dated 1935, appear near the end of the diary. One reads, "Remember our talk this afternoon and remember how Nellie cried. Don't forget all we said when you get married. Always, your diary" and the other, "Today I found out for the first time what it really means to love someone when they don't like you." The diary ends with lists of meals eaten in Washington, DC. The diary is consistently filled out for 1931; entries for subsequent years are sporadic.


Adeline Jones lived in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. In 1931 she attended high school in the area of Tarpon Springs, Florida. By 1936 she was in her junior year at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2007-M97

The Diary of Adeline Jones was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Dan Casavant in June 2007.

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: June 2007

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: January 2021

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 Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Fund, Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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