Augusta (Me.) woman's journal (1852-1853)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Tessa Wakefield
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Augusta (Me.) woman's journal
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1852-1853
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This journal contains entries about an unidentified woman's daily and weekly activities while living at the Cony Academy boarding house.
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

2014. M-5045.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

Augusta (Me.) Woman's Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is a single bound volume.

Biography

This unidentified woman's journal contains information about the author while she attended the Cony Female Academy in Augusta, Maine. The academy was founded in 1815 and included a school building and boarding house for students.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This 22-page journal contains entries about an unidentified woman's daily and weekly activities while living at the Cony Academy boarding house and attending the Cony Female Academy in Augusta, Maine, 1852-1853.

The journal contains information about the author's daily and weekly activities, such as learning music, sewing, reading, writing, reading, visiting friends, and attending lectures at the lyceum (including one on race). She also commented on other students, economic concerns, child care, Christmas, the weather, sermons, a eulogy for Daniel Webster, friends departing for California, the illness and death of [Sylvester] Judd, and her concerns that the school might close. She offered some insights into her own personality, lamenting her self-described lack of a strong intellect and her desire to be a better writer. Her diary includes references to Milton and Miss Ingraham, who were associated with the school.

The paper cover of the journal is adorned with an image of a rooster and a chicken (from "Alonzo Gaubert, Bookseller, Stationer, Periodical Agent, and Ink Manufacturer").

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Boarding schools--Maine--Augusta--History--19th century.
  • Chores.
  • Composition (language arts)
  • Cony Female Academy (Augusta Me.)
  • Gossip.
  • Lectures.
  • Weather.
  • Women--Education--Maine--Augusta.
Genre Terms:
  • Diaries.

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Augusta (Me.) woman's journal,  1852-1853 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Illustrated History of Kennebec County, Maine; 1625-1799-1892, Part 1. Edited by Henry D. Kingsbury and Simeon L. Deyo. New York: H.W. Blake & Company, 1892. 624.