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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 970

Diaries of Anna Steedman Seely, 1940-1960


Daily diaries of Anna Steedman Seely, a working class woman living in rural New York State.


  • 1940-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Steedman Seely 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.


1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)

Collection contains diaries in which Seely kept a daily record of the weather, her purchases and their costs, a few family trips, deaths of family members and friends, community activities, and events of national significance. Diaries span the last 20 years of Seely's life, from the ages of 48 to 68. They document a rural working class life in upstate New York.


Anna H. Steedman was born in Riga, New York, in 1892 to James and Jane (Hynd) Steedman, immigrants to the United States from Scotland. Anna Steedman married Herbert Seely (1898-1992) in 1926 in Genesee, New York. Anna and Herbert Seely lived in rural Bergen, New York, where Herbert was a mechanic at the local canning plant. The couple had one son and Anna Steedman Seely was involved in the community grange. Anna Steedman Seely died in 1961.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M226

The diaries of Anna Steedman Seely were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Johnson Rare Books & Archives in December, 2018.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2018

By: Jenny Gotwals

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 the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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