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COLLECTION Identifier: A/N398

Diaries of Gladys Whitney Neil, 1915-1923


Diaries of Gladys Whitney Neil, a resident of Vermont.


  • 1915-1923

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the diaries created by Gladys Whitney Neil 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 four diaries detailing Gladys Whitney Neil's life in rural Vermont and including descriptions of her daughter's birth (January 10, 1921) and subsequent care, with the entry for January 11th 1921 beginning, "How glorious to wake and find myself the possessor of a darling baby girl"; Gramp's death (December 5, 1922); family illnesses (such as scarlet fever); social life; church attendance; singing engagements; chores; and cooking. She notes after the birth of her son, "Bro has mixed night and day but it doesnt make me nervous to hear him cry like it did Grace." Lists of Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving guests and menus, and a few financial records are also included.


Carrie Gladys Whitney Neil was born on April 4, 1896, the daughter of Charles and Grace Barnard Whitney. She married George Wilmoth Neil in 1919 and lived in Pittsford, Vermont; they had two children: a daughter, Grace, born in January 1921, and a son born in March 1923. Her husband seems to have been frequently away from home, working, but the family shared their home with "Gram" and "Gramp." Gramp may have been an undertaker. Neil earned money selling candy and by singing. She died on August 23, 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2002-M22

The diaries of Gladys Whitney Neil were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Lynda Harris in January 2002.

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: January 2002

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: September 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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