Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Mary Perrin May Bradlee Diary, 1863-1868

Finding aid created by
Rachel K. Onuf, May 1996

Summary Information
Title: Mary Perrin May Bradlee diary
Creator: Bradlee, Mary Perrin May, 1815-1877
Inclusive dates: 1863-1868
Extent: 239 pages
In her brief daily entries, Mary Bradlee documented the weather, her clothing, and the activities of her family.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3197.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


No copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Mary Perrin May Bradlee Diary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Mary Perrin May Bradlee lived with her husband James Bowdoin Bradlee (1813-1872), and their children, at 34 Beacon Street in Boston. James operated Josiah Bradlee & Company, a leading mercantile house located at 46 Central Wharf. Their children included Mary May, born 1840, Sally Fletcher, born 1842, Katie May, born 1844, Alice Bowdoin, born 1846, and probably another daughter, Fanny, and a baby boy.

Collection Scope and Content Note

In her brief daily entries, Mary Bradlee documented the weather, clothing and the activities of her family. Included with the volume are several enclosures, including a letter to Mrs. Warren declining an invitation and a letter from C. B. Upham requesting that Fanny be allowed to come and visit. There are also accounts of charges made at Warren's for foodstuffs and sewing materials, a list of sick nurses in Boston, a piece of verse, a newspaper clipping about the record cold on February 8, 1861, and a piece of birch bark.

Subject Terms

    • Family--Massachusetts.
    • Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century.
    • Nurses--Massachusetts.
    • Women--Massachusetts--Diaries.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Mary Perrin May Bradlee diary,  1863 November 1-1868 April 11 [series]