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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 445; M-147

Papers of Eunice Hale Cobb, 1826-1973


Diaries, biographical material, etc., of Eunice Hale (Waite) Cobb, wife of Sylvanus Cobb, a New England minister.


  • 1826-1973

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-147.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers created by Eunice Hale Cobb is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Collection includes diaries, 1826-1830, 1860-1862; biographical information; a play about the Cobbs, 1973, etc.


Eunice Hale (Waite) Cobb was born on January 27, 1803, in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1822 she married a Universalist minister, Sylvanus Cobb, and participated in his preaching missions throughout New England and at his pastorates in Waterville, Maine, and Malden and East Boston, Massachusetts. Eunice Hale Cobb was one of the founding members of the Ladies' Physiological Institute, an organization devoted to the study of the human body. She was president for twelve years and secretary for fifteen. The Cobbs had nine children. Cobb died in 1880.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 88-M69, 88-M88

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Priscilla Cobb Payne, Eunice Hale Cobb's great granddaughter, in May and June 1988. The microfilming of the papers was funded by PCP.


1. In #2, the 1826-1830 diary, at frame 113 of the microfilm, there are no pages numbered 149 and 150 in the original. Nothing has been omitted.

2. In the 1820 diary, #3, the frame counter malfunctioned and jumped from number 181 to 183. All the original pages are on the film.

3. The diaries in this collection presented a challenge to the microfilmer. Many pages are difficult to read due to faded ink, extensive staining, or yellowed paper. Tight gutters were also a problem, as were glued-in clippings that had been folded and refolded.

4. Dates and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.

5. Unnumbered diary pages were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and researchers.

6. Loose clippings and other items between diary pages were filmed where found.

7. Copies of this microfilm (M-147) may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Related Material:

There are additional Eunice Hale Cobb diaries at the Boston Public Library, and a collection of Cobb family papers at the Miller Library, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Processing Information

Processed: May 1997

By: Bert Hartry
Link to catalog
Cobb, Eunice Hale, 1803-1880. Papers of Eunice Hale Cobb, 1826-1973: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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