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Elizabeth Cooper Matheson diaries

 Collection
Identifier: c-00314

Scope and Contents

This collection contains diaries of Elizabeth Cooper Matheson who moved with her family from Pleasantville, Pennsylvania, to Salem, Ohio in 1862, and to Riverside, Michigan in 1867.

The early entries include many observations on events of the Civil War. Matheson, a Quaker, also gives details of Quaker meetings and of the Temperance Society which she joined in 1862. In addition, she describes in detail the journey from Ohio to Michigan including the crossing of Lake Erie and Michigan.

The majority of Matheson's entries are about daily activities: washing, making butter, and house cleaning, and the day to day lives of siblings and parents.

Dates

  • 1861 - 1873

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

Gift of Ray Edwards, 1962-09-05. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.
Title
Elizabeth Cooper Matheson Diaries
Status
4 Published And Cataloged
Date
October 1966
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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