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MC 445; M-147

Cobb, Eunice Hale, 1803-1880. Papers of Eunice Hale Cobb, 1826-1973: 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

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 445; M-147
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Eunice Hale Cobb, 1803-1880
Title: Papers of Eunice Hale Cobb, 1826-1973
Date(s): 1826-1973
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, biographical material, etc., of Eunice Hale (Waite) Cobb, wife of Sylvanus Cobb, a New England minister.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 88-M69, 88-M88
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Priscilla Cobb Payne, Eunice Hale Cobb's great granddaughter, in May and June 1988. The microfilming of the papers was funded by PCP.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 1997
By: Bert Hartry


Access. Unrestricted. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-147.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright in the papers created by Eunice Hale Cobb is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1. In #2, the 1826-1830 diary, at frame 113 of the microfilm, there are no pages numbered 149 and 150 in the original. Nothing has been omitted.
2. In the 1820 diary, #3, the frame counter malfunctioned and jumped from number 181 to 183. All the original pages are on the film.
3. The diaries in this collection presented a challenge to the microfilmer. Many pages are difficult to read due to faded ink, extensive staining, or yellowed paper. Tight gutters were also a problem, as were glued-in clippings that had been folded and refolded.
4. Dates and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.
5. Unnumbered diary pages were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and researchers.
6. Loose clippings and other items between diary pages were filmed where found.
7. Copies of this microfilm (M-147) may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Preferred Citation:

Eunice Hale Cobb Papers, 1826-1973; item description, dates. MC 445, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There are additional Eunice Hale Cobb diaries at the Boston Public Library, and a collection of Cobb family papers at the Miller Library, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.


Eunice Hale (Waite) Cobb was born on January 27, 1803, in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1822 she married a Universalist minister, Sylvanus Cobb, and participated in his preaching missions throughout New England and at his pastorates in Waterville, Maine, and Malden and East Boston, Massachusetts. Eunice Hale Cobb was one of the founding members of the Ladies' Physiological Institute, an organization devoted to the study of the human body. She was president for twelve years and secretary for fifteen. The Cobbs had nine children. Cobb died in 1880.


Collection includes diaries, 1826-1830, 1860-1862; biographical information; a play about the Cobbs, 1973, etc.

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Additional Index Terms

Maine--Social life and customs--19th century
Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century
Spouses of clergy--Massachusetts
Spouses of clergy--Maine
Ladies' Physiological Institute (Boston, Mass.)