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MC 428

d'Arcy, Muriel Violet, 1878-1974. Diaries of Muriel Violet d'Arcy, 1902-1909: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 1902-1909
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries of Muriel Violet d'Arcy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 93-M35
The diaries of Muriel Violet d'Arcy were given to the Schlesinger Library in March 1993 by Eileen Sirna, through the kind offices of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Sirna was a neighbor of Margery D'Arcy Keller, daughter of Muriel Violet d'Arcy, at the time of Keller's death.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 1994
By: Jacalyn Blume


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the diaries created by Muriel Violet d'Arcy as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Diaries may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Muriel Violet d'Arcy Diaries, 1902-1909; item description, dates. MC 428, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


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.

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Additional Index Terms

Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Childbirth--United States
Household employees--United States
Marriage--United States
Motherhood--United States
Pregnancy--United States