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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.42 linear feet ((1 file box), plus 5 photograph folders, slides)
The diary entries are short, and although there are gaps, they cover the years 1917-1922, 1924, 1926-1933, and 1936-1972. They record the activities of a middle-class woman, and her familial, health, civic, and business concerns. There is occasional mention of a miscarriage, and Mildram's use of a code during 1920 suggests that she took measures to prevent pregnancy. Following her stroke in 1966, Mildram typed her daily entries.
In 1909 she married Frank Clement Mildram, an accountant and businessman. They had four children and lived for most of their lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts. Summers were often spent in Wells, Maine. An energetic and adventurous woman, Mildram began a knitting business in 1932 to supplement the family's income; her husband regularly knitted display models for her shop. Her subsequent endeavors included dog breeding and the sale of magazine subscriptions. She was also active in civic affairs, participating in neighborhood improvement associations in Massachusetts and Maine. Frank Clement Mildram died in 1962; four years later Mildram suffered a severe stroke, which left her partially paralyzed. She was, however, able to live at home for several years until 1971, when she was hospitalized with a broken hip. Mildram died on December 12, 1974. For further biographical information, see #7.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Louise Weston (Sewall) Mildram were given to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara Mildram, Mildram's daughter, in February 1986.
- Box 1: 7-24
By: Anne Engelhart
- Mildram, Louise Weston Sewall, 1886-1974. Papers of Louise Weston Sewall Mildram, 1887-1986: A Finding Aid
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