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Guide to the Margaret Wright Eadie Papers
1872-1884
  MS 1271

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Margaret Wright Eadie Papers
Dates: 1872-1877, 1880-1884
Abstract: This collection contains six manuscript diaries kept by Maggie Wright during her fourteenth through nineteenth and twenty-second through twenty-sixth years, 1872-1877 and 1880-1884, as well as several school compositions and a hand-made "Herbarium of Flowers."
Quantity: 0.38 Linear feet (7 volumes)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 1271

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Biographical Note

Margaret (Maggie) A. Wright Eadie was born on April 11, 1858 to Jordan Wright (originally Jordan Cox) and Mary Pearsall Willets. She was raised by her prosperous Long Island Quaker family residing in Bayside, N.Y. She married James (Sid) Suydam Eadie of Brooklyn, September 14, 1881.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains six manuscript diaries kept by Maggie Wright during her fourteenth through nineteenth and twenty-second through twenty-sixth years, 1872-1877 and 1880-1884. In addition, her papers include three school compositions, 1871-1873, and a handmade "Herbarium of Flowers," 1871.

The content of Maggie's diaries is very strong on the every day actions of herself, her family, and their circle of acquaintances and friends. She primarily records: social calls paid and received; what trains her family members take; when her brothers go out riding or travel to Manhattan for work; trips to Manhattan, Flushing, and vicinity; what errands or chores she does; occurrences at the family farm; attendances at weekly and monthly Quaker meetings, and local news concerning the lives and activities of residents of Bayside, Flushing, and neighboring communities; including frequent references to local members of the Willets, Bell, Franklin, Cox, Lawrence, and Mackenzie families.

From December 1874 through March 1875, Maggie spends the winter in Manhattan with her family in a rented house on West 25th Street. From this period onward, her diary becomes slightly more descriptive and opinionated as her experiences broaden. For example, she records her impressions of performances she witnesses at Wallacks Theater and P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome. Later, Maggie has the opportunity to visit the Centennial Grounds in Philadelphia in 1876 and writes several entries about her time there. However, Maggie's diaries are never especially expressive of her personal feelings; rather, her diaries primarily exist as a record of her daily life--her actions and her interactions with others.

Arrangement

The diaries are arranged chronologically, followed by the school compositions and the "Herbarium of Flowers."

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Eadie, James Suydam, --1852-1907
  • Eadie, Margaret A. Wright

Document Type

  • Diaries

Subject Topics

  • Bayside (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Family -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Farms -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Quakers -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Queens County (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Weddings -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Women -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Young women -- Social life and customs -- 19th century

Family Name(s)

  • Bell family
  • Cox family
  • Franklin family
  • Lawrence family
  • Mackenzie family
  • Willett family
  • Wright family

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchase, 2002

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Margaret Wright Eadie Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List


Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Diary
1872 Apr.- Dec.
Volume: 2 Diary
1872 Dec.- 1873 May
Volume: 3 Diary
1874 Nov.- 1875 July
Volume: 4 Diary
1876 May - 1877 July
Volume: 5 Diary
1880 Jan.- 1882 Sept.
Volume: 6 Diary
1882 Sept.- 1884 Dec.
Volume: 7 School compositions, handmade "Herbarium of Flowers"
1871-1873

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