Diaries of Margaret Harding Tileston Edsall, 1878-1912
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.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
The diaries begin in 1878 and continue until Margaret Harding Tileston Edsall's death in 1912, with gaps in 1879-1880 and 1906. The daily entries record household activities, appointments, correspondence, and weather conditions. At the end of each year, Edsall summarizes the year's significant events, and lists the books she has read. The 1892-1895 diaries record Edsall's academic progress at Radcliffe. In 1896 and 1899 she describes her travels in England, France and Italy. Margaret Edsall marries David Linn Edsall in 1899; they settle in Philadelphia. During 1900 and 1901, Edsall adjusts to her new duties and is often depressed. The Edsalls travel in Italy, Germany and Austria in the summer of 1901. After their first son is born in 1902, the diaries focus on the health and development of the children. The 1911 move to Boston is exhausting, and the children become sick. As Edsall nurses them back to health, she contracts pneumonia and dies in November.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The diaries of Margaret Harding (Tileston) Edsall were given to the Schlesinger Library in July 1982 by her son, John Tileston Edsall.
- Box 1: 1-18
- Box 2: 19v-46v
By: Adelaide Kennedy and Elizabeth Wang
- Edsall, Margaret Tileston, 1867-1912. Diaries of Margaret Harding Tileston Edsall, 1878-1912: A Finding Aid
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