Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Connecticut Woman's Travel Diary, [ca. 1877-1881?]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Connecticut Woman's travel diary
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [ca. 1877-1881?]
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Connecticut Woman's travel diary recounts the author's social activities during several weeks spent mingling with high society in New York City; Washington, D. C.; Aiken, South Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2001. M-4170.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Connecticut Woman's Travel Diary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

The female author and her traveling companion, Isabella, set out from Hartford, Connecticut, in February and spent approximately two months visiting New York City, Washington, D. C., and South Carolina. The women met several luminaries during their journey and returned home in late March. Internal evidence suggests the diary was written during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881).


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Connecticut Woman's travel diary (56 pages) recounts the author's social activities during several weeks spent mingling with high society in New York City; Washington, D. C.; Aiken, South Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina. Throughout her trip, she spent much of her time at balls and meeting with acquaintances and notable figures, among them Attorney General Charles R. Devens, a daughter or daughter-in-law of Zachary Taylor, and Admiral William Rogers Taylor. While in the capital, the author and her traveling companion, Isabella, made a trip to the White House to meet Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes (p. 3). Though the diarist focused on social prestige and social customs, she reported her brief impressions of Forts "Sumpter" and Moultrie in Charleston (pp. 38-39).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Aiken (S.C.)
    • Charleston (S.C.)--History.
    • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
    • Socialites.
    • United States--Social life and customs--1865-1918.
    • Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Connecticut Woman's travel diary,  [ca.1877-1881?] [series]