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Guide to the Isabella S. Gardner Diary, 1852-1874 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises a printed 1853 "West of England Pocket Book or Gentleman's Diary with an almanack" presented to Isabella Gardner by her husband in 1852. Gardner filled the volume with routine diary entries, usually briefly mentioning the weather and the health of family members, whether they were any visitors, along with any travel or activities and with whom the family took tea or had dinner. More unusual entries have to do with a tooth extraction, the birth of Frank, and a fire at their home. Entries became less frequent from October to December 1853. Also, several pages list household accounts and amounts paid, usually for food and servant salaries. Several items post-dating the diary were laid-in, including four brief letters to and from family members, a recipe for a throat tonic, a note with dates of ancestors, and a religious flier. A child later made drawings in available spaces on pages of the diary.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11235
Title
Isabella S. Gardner diary
Date
1852-1874 and undated
Extent
0.6 lin. ft. Linear Feet, 8 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a printed 1853 "West of England Pocket Book or Gentleman's Diary with an almanack" presented to Isabella Gardner by her husband in 1852. Gardner filled the volume with routine diary entries, usually briefly mentioning the weather and the health of family members, whether they were any visitors, along with any travel or activities and with whom the family took tea or had dinner. More unusual entries have to do with a tooth extraction, the birth of Frank, and a fire at their home. Entries became less frequent from October to December 1853. Also, several pages list household accounts and amounts paid, usually for food and servant salaries. Several items post-dating the diary were laid-in, including four brief letters to and from family members, a recipe for a throat tonic, a note with dates of ancestors, and a religious flier. A child later made drawings in available spaces on pages of the diary.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Isabella S. Gardner Diary, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Diary
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Isabella Strickland Gardner (1819- ) married Henry Gale Gardner; the couple had at least four children: Charles Edward, Ada Isabella, John Wesley, and Frank Gillingham. The family resided in Exeter, England.


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Provenance

The Isabella S. Gardner Diary was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, July, 2016