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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C6492

Diary of Effie Clymer, 1880-1881


Diary kept by teacher Effie Clymer.


  • 1880-1881

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the diary created by Effie Clymer 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
.61 Megabytes (2 files)

Collection consists of a diary kept by Effie Clymer. Entries include details of her daily activities both at home on the farm and while teaching school; her social engagements; classes at Indiana Normal School in Terre Haute, such as geography, grammar, chorus, classes; exams; living in a boarding house; practicing the piano; commencement; weather; teacher's exam; her younger sister Margaret "Maggie" Clymer contracting scarlet fever; attending Hall's Business School; attending the county fair; attending a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin; and possible engagement to Joseph Studebaker. This collection also includes a typed transcript of the diary; notes by the donor giving information about the family, such as family histories, a Clymer family tree, a Clymer family chronology, and a glossary of names appearing in the diary; copies of portraits of Effie Clymer, Ida Clymer, Joseph Studebaker, and an unidentified couple.


Effie Clymer was born on January 29, 1861, to David Hiram Clymer and Margaret Anne (Conner) Clymer in Clinton Township, Indiana. Effie Clymer attended the Logansport High School and the Indiana State Normal School (now Indiana State University in Terre Haute) and taught in a one-room rural school in Cass County, Indiana. She was probably engaged to Joseph Studebaker (1853-1937) but died of tuberculosis in 1886 before the marriage took place.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2016-M144

The diary of Effie Clymer was given to the Schlesinger Library by her great grand-niece Margaret Dean in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2016

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: August 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 Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, the Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Fund, and the Zetlin Sisters Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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