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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 904

Diaries of Hannah B. Gott, 1849-1907


Diaries detailing the daily life of Hannah B. Gott, wife of Congregational deacon Jabez Gott, and resident of Rockport, Massachusetts.


  • 1849-1907

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Volumes 1F+B.1v and 3F+B.1v are open for research, and must be used with care. Volumes 2F+B.1v, 4F+B.1v, and 5F+B.1v are fragile and closed until conserved.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in these diaries may be held by the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


5 Volumes
Collection consists of five diaries (four by Hannah Gott and one by her daughter Ellen G. Burt) detailing daily visits, meetings, and other social activities many of which center around the church; also noted is who preached on Sunday and on what text. She regularly records births, baptisms, and deaths as well as local and national events, including the 1856 temperance raid, elections, and men departing for the California gold rush. She also reports on news from the local fisheries and quarries as well as the steam cotton mill. Her daughter Ellen continues in a similar vein in 1888 although she seems to be living in the greater Boston area, probably in Everett and later Wrentham. A few passages are by Ellen's daughter Helen.


A resident of Rockport, Massachusetts, Hannah B. Gott was married to Jabez Gott, a deacon in the local Congregational Church. She was a supporter of the temperance movement and took part in the July 1856 demonstration where a group of women marched through town destroying casks and bottles of alcohol. She employed Hannah Jumper, one of the leaders of the group, as a house cleaner. Gott's daughter Ellen married John Burt.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2017-M31

These diaries of Hannah B. Gott were acquired from the Ten Pound Island Book Company, 2017.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2017

By: Anne Engelhart
Link to catalog
Gott, Hannah B., 1795-1887. Diaries of Hannah B. Gott, 1849-1907: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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