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Guide to the Dorthea Jane Stephen diary, 1887 April 1 - August 17

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Abstract

Missionary to India and author of religious works. Cousin to Virginia Woolf; daughter of James Fitzjames Stephen, who was brother to Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf's father.

Handwritten diary, 151 full pages, by 16-year-old Dorothea Jane Stephen. Entries document the author's anticipation of Jubilee Day (July 21, 1887, the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign), as well as her activities on the day itself (written in red rather than black ink), and the parties and church services following it. Other topics include her daily life in London and two family trips in England. In particular, Stephen chronicled (through both words and ink drawings) her family, including her mother and two sisters; school classes and examinations; visiting rounds; current fashion, horses, and carriages rides; leisure activities and sports, especially collecting bugs, reading, dancing, and playing lawn tennis; and visiting the coast at Barnstaple, England. She also described sites in London, including Buckingham Palace, St. Jame's Park, Piccadilly, and Kensington Heights.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Stephen, Dorothea Jane.
Title
Dorthea Jane Stephen diary 1887 April 1 - August 17
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.10 Linear Feet, 1 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Handwritten diary, 151 full pages, by 16-year-old Dorothea Jane Stephen. Entries document the author's anticipation of Jubilee Day (July 21, 1887, the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign), as well as her activities on the day itself (written in red rather than black ink), and the parties and church services following it. Other topics include her daily life in London and two family trips in England. In particular, Stephen chronicled (through both words and ink drawings) her family, including her mother and two sisters; school classes and examinations; visiting rounds; current fashion, horses, and carriages rides; leisure activities and sports, especially collecting bugs, reading, dancing, and playing lawn tennis; and visiting the coast at Barnstaple, England. She also described sites in London, including Buckingham Palace, St. Jame's Park, Piccadilly, and Kensington Heights.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

Dorothea Jane Stephen was a missionary to India, author of religious works, cousin to Virginia Woolf, and daughter of James Fitzjames Stephen, who was brother to Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf's father.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorthea Jane Stephen diary, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dorthea Jane Stephen diary was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, 2001

Encoded by Noah Huffman, July 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2001-0129

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.