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MC 258

Eliot, Emily Marshall Otis, 1832-1906. Diaries of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily Marshall Eliot Morison, 1859-1922: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 258
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Emily Marshall Otis Eliot, 1832-1906
Title: Diaries of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily Marshall Eliot Morison, 1859-1922
Date(s): 1859-1922
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries of Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison, members of a prominent Boston family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 76-290
The diaries of Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1976 by Emily M. Beck.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1978
By: Joan E. Titus

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Emily Marshall Otis Eliot 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.

Preferred Citation:

Emily Marshall Otis Eliot Diaries, 1859-1922; item description, dates. MC 258, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Emily M. O. Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison were grandmother and mother of Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, the Harvard University naval historian. Member of an old and prominent Boston family, Emily Marshall Otis Eliot was the wife of Samuel Eliot, president of Trinity College and later a lecturer at Harvard and superintendent of the Boston public schools. Emily M. E. Morison was the wife of John Holmes Morison, a lawyer and a graduate of Harvard. The two Samuels were Harvard graduates as well.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Emily Marshall Otis Eliot's diaries cover the years 1859 through 1864 and Emily M. E. Morison's diaries the years 1868 through 1922, with gaps from September 1871 to December 1877, 1885 to 1891, and 1895 to June 1908. The diaries center on the family and social life of Emily Marshall Otis Eliot and Emily M. E. Morison, recording their day by day activities as well as their extensive travels. In general, they recorded events, the state of their own and their family's health, with little mention of their thoughts or feelings. Emily M. E. Morison appears to have stopped writing during the most important and busy periods of her life, such as the time of her marriage and the birth of her two sons. Occasionally they enclosed newsclippings, letters, photographs, or drawings.
Dates noted in the diaries:

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Additional Index Terms

Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Diaries
Europe--Description and travel
Families--Health and hygiene
Family records
Voyages and travels
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Eliot, Emily Marshall Otis, 1832-1906
Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976
Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)

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