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Guide to the Harriet Sophia Coe Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1887-1916

Collection number: MC 126

Size: 4 boxes (2.00 cu.ft.)

About Harriet Sophia Coe

Harriet Sophia Coe was born in Lubec, Maine, married Joseph William Coe on December 2, 1861 and resided in Durham, New Hampshire.

About the Harriet Sophia Coe Diaries and Scrapbooks

The collection consists of 17 diaries written between 1897 and 1916 by Harriet Sophia (Churchill) Coe. These diaries contain accounts of domestic activities and the day-to-day life of a Durham family. Harriet Coe mentions trips to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Brookline, Massachusetts to visit her daughters and briefly refers to other Durham families. Included in the collection are two scrapbooks and a number of photographs. The scrapbooks — probably owned by Harriet Coe’s son-in-law, Daniel Benjamin Ninde, a lawyer from Fort Wayne, IN — contain newspaper clippings, illustrations, and various witness testimonies. The subjects of the newspaper clippings include slavery, abolition, the Nebraska bill, temperance, and nativism.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harriet Sophia Coe Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1887-1916, MC 126, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Source unknown, 1993 (Accession number: 93.025)

Collection Contents

Series I: Diaries

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 January 1, 1887-September 20, 1887
Box 1, Folder 2 November 1, 1897-October 16, 1898
Box 1, Folder 3 October 17, 1898-January 30, 1899
Box 1, Folder 4 January 1, 1899-January 2, 1900
Box 1, Folder 5 January 1-December 31, 1900
Box 1, Folder 6 January 1-December 31, 1901
Box 1, Folder 7 January 1-December 31, 1902
Box 1, Folder 8 January 1-December 31, 1903
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 January 1-December 31, 1908
Box 2, Folder 2 January 1-December 31, 1909
Box 2, Folder 3 January 1-December 31, 1910
Box 2, Folder 4 January 1-December 31, 1911
Box 2, Folder 5 January 1-December 31, 1912
Box 2, Folder 6 January 1-December 31, 1913
Box 2, Folder 7 January 1-December 31, 1914
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 January 1-December 31, 1915
Box 3, Folder 2 January 1-December 31, 1916
Box 3, Folder 3 Loose newspaper clippings from the diaries, dates given

Series II: Photographs

Box 3, Folder 4
a. Harriet Sophia Churchill Coe in the living room at “The Pines,” Durham
b. Harriet Sophia Churchill Coe at “The Pines,” Durham
c. Dining room at “The Pines,” Durham
d. Living room at “The Pines,” Durham
e. Living room at “The Pines,” Durham
f. Exterior of house/landscape, “The Pines,” Durham
g. Far end of living room, “The Pines,” Durham – Pickering family card table
h. Living room
i. Living room/dining room, Blunt painting over sideboard
j. Living room/dining room – hutch with china plates
k. Dining room at “The Pines,” General John Sullivan sideboard
l. Living room – fireplace, chairs, cabinet
m. Living room; lowboy and tea table belonged to Temperance Pickering Knight
n. Living room; gateleg table belonged to Joseph Coe

Series III: Scrapbooks

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1
Two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, illustrations, and various witness testimonies. The subjects of the newspaper clippings include slavery, abolition, the Nebraska bill, temperance, and nativism
Loose newspaper clippings from the scrapbooks
Issue of newspaper, The Western Independent, Saturday, August 19, 1871 (found in the scrapbook marked “Ninde”)
Metal printing nameplate – Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Benjamin Ninde, undated