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COLLECTION Identifier: A/W241

Diary of Sarah P. Walton, 1851-1860


Diary kept by Sarah P. Walton.


  • 1851-1860

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah P. Walton 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.


1 folder

Collection contains a diary recording Sarah P. Walton's grief and mourning after the death of her husband, thoughts on eternity and widowhood, religious consolation, church services (including minister and his text), travels, and her gradual recovery. Other entries include excerpts of poetry, and the death of her mother, Sarah Still Gold.


Sarah P. Walton was born to Thomas Ruggles Gold and Sarah (Still) Gold on March 18, 1802, in Whitesborough, New York. She married William B. Walton on September 30, 1818. The Waltons had one child: Margaret Walton Craig (born 1820). Sarah P. Walton was a parishioner at St. George's (Episcopal) Church in Schenectady, New York. William B. Walton died at the age of 55 on March 14, 1851. Sarah P. Walton died on February 6, 1866.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M58

The diary of Sarah P. Walton was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Carmen Valentino in 2012.

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: April 2012

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: June 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 thePforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Fund, and the Zetlin Sisters Fund

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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