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Guide to the Emma Thursby Papers
1706-1942 (Bulk 1860-1940)
  MS 2530

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 05, 2022
Description is in English.

Container List

Series IV: Address Books, Diaries, Engagement Books, 1868-1929

Scope and Contents note

Emma Thursby did not keep any narrative diaries, but logged her activities, callers, and monetary expenses in many small bound engagement books throughout her life. Many of these books exist for a singular year; it is difficult to determine exactly how she utilized each book (for example, although some of the account books consist solely of lists of accounts; similar lists appear in other books from the same year.) Emma Thursby also owned many address books. Some of these are marked with a certain city, for example, "Boston," in which those named inside live. Others are less segregated.

A case was made for 57 of the smaller diaries, which date from 1868 to 1929, and embossed with the words "Emma Thursby Diaries." Forty-one other small bound books, including engagement books and address books have been housed in a similar sized box. Seventeen engagement books with paper covers (which run from 1900 to 1916) have been housed in pamphlet folders in a separate box with a large diary from 1898.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Engagement Books
1898-1916
Box: 14 Address and Engagement Books
1886-1922
Box: 15 Emma Thursby Diaries
1868-1929

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