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COLLECTION Identifier: A/R3319

Diary of Ann Dorsey Read Reeves, 1861 October 16-1863 September 9


Diary and typed transcript of Ann Dorsey Read Reeves.


  • 1861-1863

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Folder #1 is closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ann Dorsey Read Reeve 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.


2 folders

Collection consists of a bound handwritten diary recording Ann Dorsey Read Reeves's thoughts and feelings, travels, local customs, neighbors and friends, attitudes towards politics, wartime scarcities, interactions with soldiers, housekeeping concerns, etc. Also includes a typed transcript of the diary by Beverly Palmer with her introduction, etc


Ann (or Annie) Dorsey Read Reeves was the daughter of George Read, III, of Delaware. She married Isaac Stockton Keith Reeves, who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of 1838 and served in the army until his death in 1851. They had four children: Marion Calhoun Legare Reeves (1841-1898), Anna Dorsey Reeves Rodney (1842-1932), Caroline Emily Reeves Potter (1849-1922), and Isaac Keith Stockton Reeves (1850-1917). Her pro-Southern sympathies led her to move to Arkansas during the Civil War. She traveled by boat to Virginia, by train to Tennessee, and then settled in a home near Lake Chicot, near the Mississippi River with her children. Her brother, George Read IV (1812-1859), died at Rossmere plantation, Chicot County, Arkansas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M67

The diary of Ann Dorsey Read Reeves was acquired from the William Reese Company in April 2012.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2012

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: August 2021

By: Mark Vassar

The collection was previously cataloged as A/A613.

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 Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

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