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Guide to the Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers, 1862-1874

Collection number: MC 202

Size: 2 boxes
(0.53 cu.ft.)


About Anna Maria Greeley Clarke

Anna Maria Greeley Clarke was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire on October 12, 1811
to
Stephen L. and Anna Norton Greeley. In 1834, she married William Cogswell Clarke,
a
lawyer from Manchester. William was involved in New Hampshire politics throughout
his life and served as New Hampshire Attorney General. He and Anna had four
children: Stephen Greeley, Anna Norton, Julia Cogswell, and Greenleaf. After William
died in 1872, Anna lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Norton and Robert
Appleton, in Lake Village, New Hampshire, not far from Laconia. She died on April
19, 1883 and is buried in Manchester, New Hampshire.


About the Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers

The collection consists of both the bound volumes and unbound sheets that make up
Anna Marie Greeley Clarke’s diaries. Her writings span the nine years between
October 1871 and December 1880 and mostly contain simple details about everyday life
in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and farming, family and friends’
visits, and neighbors. The bound diaries were Christmas gifts from her son-in-law
Robert Appleton. Also a part of the collection are some miscellaneous items
including bundles of hair from members of the Wight family, some dating from 1862,
dried flowers and leaves, and five unidentified photographs.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers, 1862-1880, MC 202,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Carmen Valentino, Philadelphia, Nov. 2007 (Accession number:
2007.13)

Donated: Bill Bridge, Beach Haven, New Jersey, June 2013 (Accession number:
2013.12)


Collection Contents


Series I: Diaries, 1871-1880

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Diary, Oct-Dec, 1871

Recounts a trip made to New York City to visit family. Records weather
and a few health complaints. Discusses deteriorating health of her
father, Steven Greeley. Mentions a chilly Thanksgiving in Tenafly, New
Jersey with family.

Box 1, Folder 2 Diary, Jan-May, 1872

Records weather and family affairs including visiting her brother, John.
Describes the sudden death of friend Dr. Buck and mentions tedious
housework and various attendances at church.

Box 1, Folder 3 Diary, July-Dec, 1872

Describes her frustrations with acquiring dysentery. Records weather
changes and happiness about autumn wildflowers and birds singing.
Describes accounts of a Boston fire that burned nearly 60 acres of land.
Records the health report of her father after he was diagnosed with
paralysis.

Box 1, Folder 4 Diary, Jan-June, 1873

Records weather and continuous headaches. Describes her development of
rheumatoid arthritis. Recounts the progression of her father’s terminal
illness. Discusses family gatherings and trips to the beach.

Box 1, Folder 5 Diary, July-Oct, 1873

Records weather changes, chores and family life. tells of a young, Scotch
Presbyterian being installed and his lovely prayers. Discusses travels
to Manchester, NH and Boston, MA.

Box 1, Folder 6 Diary, Jan-June 22, 1874

Records the weather and her worsening rheumatism. Describes the illness
of her entire family: father, sister, daughter and herself. Mentions the
disasters at Williamsburg where several families were drowned.

Box 1, Folder 7 Diary, June 23-Dec 1874

Recounts a trip made to New York with her daughters and tells about
shopping trips to Lord and Taylor’s and Madison Square. Describes family
life, weather patterns, and social gatherings with friends.

Box 1, Folder 8 Diary, Jan 1875–Jan 1876

Describes at length her own ill health and the deaths of some family,
friends, and neighbors. Mentions closely following the trial of Henry
Ward Beecher. Chronicles the illness and death of her father and
discusses some issues with his will and any inheritance she was entitled
to.

Box 1, Folder 9 Diary, Feb 1876–Jan 1877

Continues descriptions of her distressing bouts of ill health. Also
details everyday life in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and
farming, church-going, births and deaths. Includes a post card sent from
Boston and some newspaper clippings.

Box 1, Folder 10 Diary, Feb 1877–Mar 1878

Continues descriptions of her distressing bouts of ill health. Also
details everyday life in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and
farming, church-going, births and deaths. Includes a post card sent from
Boston and some newspaper clippings.

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Diary, Jan 1880–Dec 1880

Details visits from friends and family, as well as plenty of mentions of
letters, post cards, and packages received throughout the year,
including details about daughter Julia’s trip to England. Many mentions
of books, magazines, and papers she was reading, including Shakespeare,
Dickens, and lectures on religion, science, and physics. Several entries
give details about the 1880 election.


Series II: Miscellaneous, 1862-1873

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 2 Miscellaneous items, 1872-1880

Includes Greeley-Clarke’s letter calendar for 1873, a four page letter to
a Mr. Marshall discussing financial trouble she experienced after the
death of her husband, and a Gilmanton Academy commencement booklet. Also
included is a dried plant, an 1872 dressmaker’s invoice, a reward of
merit presented to Mary R. Wight by Mahlon Day, and a newspaper clipping
discussing words of wisdom.

Box 2, Folder 3 Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family and
others: Nahum Wight and unidentified
Box 2, Folder 4 Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family: Mary
Wight
Box 2, Folder 5 Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family: Sewall
Wight; “Eddie’s hair 1862″ (some cuttings); Mary R. Wight 2nd; Sewall
Greeley Wight (wrapped in newspaper of October 24, 1862)


Series III: Photographs, undated

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 6 Five unidentified and undated photographs, including two 4.5 x
7.5” sepia prints of sand dunes on unidentified beach(es), a 4.5 x 3.5”
sepia print of a solitary cottage on an unidentified beach, and two
slightly different 2.5 x 4” portraits of an unidentified man