Guide to the Rice Rowell Whittier Papers 1862-1896
Collection number: MC 242
Size: 1 box
About Rice Rowell Whittier, 1817–1897
Rice Rowell Whittier was a deeply religious Free Baptist Elder, subscription agent,
and missionary from Deerfield Centre, New Hampshire. During the years covered in the
diaries Whittier lived in Greenwood, Illinois, 1862–1870, New Orleans, Louisiana,
1870–1872 (seventeen months), Greenwood again, 1872-1884, and finally moved back
home to Deerfield Centre, New Hampshire, 1884-1896.
About the Rice Rowell Whittier Papers
The nineteen pocket diaries dating from 1862–1872, 1883–1884, 1887–1889, 1891, 1893
and 1896 highlight the nature of 19th-Century piety, social interactions, household
and institutional religion, work, and daily finances in the United States. The
diaries regularly note morning and evening prayer sessions, Bible texts read at
lessons, details of Sunday services, and religious events. Whittier also notes door
to door and epistolary subscription work for the periodical American Baptist. Secular subjects include travel details including
train lines, politics and where or with whom he stayed. In the 1860s diaries, he
makes references to Civil War battles and political events. He specifically notes
the publication of the Emancipation Proclamation and the assassination of Lincoln.
During Reconstruction he lived in New Orleans and writes about African-Americans who
he observes or with whom he is in contact. He also helped raise funds for the new
Leland University Building.
The diaries also include details on housework, farm chores, errands, daily routines,
and financial records. Accounts of finances include cash balances over time, bank
accounts, salary records, subscription records to American
Baptist, and charitable donations.
Also included in this collection are a subscription book and a ledger. The
subscription book is a record of the Illinois subsrcibers and their yearly payments
for the American Baptist. The subscribers are listed
alphabetically by town. The ledger is an account book for payments received toward
the construction of the new Leland University Building.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], Rice Rowell Whittier Papers, 1862-1896, MC 242, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: Carmen Valentino, dealer, Philadelphia, PA Aug. 17, 2011 (Accession
|Box 1, Folder 1||Pocket diaries, 1862-1864 (3
|Box 1, Folder 2||Pocket diaries, 1865-1867 (3
|Box 1, Folder 3||Pocket diaries, 1868-1870 (3
|Box 1, Folder 4||Pocket diaries, 1871-1872 (2
|Box 1, Folder 5||Pocket diaries, 1883, 1884,
1887 (3 diaries)|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Pocket diaries, 1888, 1889,
1891 (3 diaries)|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Pocket diaries, 1893, 1896 (2
|Box 1, Folder 8||Ledger and subscription book, 1864-1882 (2 books)|