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Call No.: MC 428
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: d'Arcy, Muriel Violet, 1878-1974
Title: Diaries of Muriel Violet d'Arcy, 1902-1909
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries of Muriel Violet d'Arcy.
Muriel Violet d'Arcy was born on March 16, 1878, and married businessman John d'Arcy on May 15, 1901, shortly after her arrival in the United States from England. The couple lived for short periods in Malden, Georgetown, Boston, Lynnfield, and Ipswich, Massachusetts, before buying a house in Lynnfield Center in 1904. In 1908 the family was living in Brookline. For a period during 1909 the family lived in Canaan, New Hampshire, while John d'Arcy had a business interest in the "Mica Mill" in Nashua, but then returned to Boston. The couple had three children, Margery (born December 31, 1902), John (born January 7, 1905) and Barbara (born October 30, 1908). Muriel Violet d'Arcy played the violin. She died in April 1974.
This collection of five diaries (1902, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909) records details of d'Arcy's daily life and health; family matters; social activities, including theater and music performances; and travel in eastern Massachusetts, New York, and Canada. Accounts of d'Arcy's pregnancies and the births of her children are recorded in daily entries and in additional entries at the ends of the 1904 and 1908 diaries. The diaries also include lists of correspondents and other notes, such as inventories of d'Arcy's linen and silver. The diaries for 1902, 1904, and 1906 were gifts to Muriel Violet d'Arcy from John d'Arcy and are inscribed in the front.