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MC 904

Gott, Hannah B., 1795-1887. Diaries of Hannah B. Gott, 1849-1907: 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 904
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Gott, Hannah B., 1795-1887
Title: Diaries of Hannah B. Gott, 1849-1907
Date(s): 1849-1907
Quantity: 5 Volumes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries detailing the daily life of Hannah B. Gott, wife of Congregational deacon Jabez Gott, and resident of Rockport, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2017-M31
These diaries of Hannah B. Gott were acquired from the Ten Pound Island Book Company, 2017.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2017
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Volumes 1F+B.1v and 3F+B.1v are open for research, and must be used with care. Volumes 2F+B.1v, 4F+B.1v, and 5F+B.1v are fragile and closed until conserved.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in these diaries may be held by the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Hannah B. Gott Diaries, 1849-1907; item description, dates. MC 904, volume #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


A resident of Rockport, Massachusetts, Hannah B. Gott was married to Jabez Gott, a deacon in the local Congregational Church. She was a supporter of the temperance movement and took part in the July 1856 demonstration where a group of women marched through town destroying casks and bottles of alcohol. She employed Hannah Jumper, one of the leaders of the group, as a house cleaner. Gott's daughter Ellen married John Burt.


Collection consists of five diaries (four by Hannah Gott and one by her daughter Ellen G. Burt) detailing daily visits, meetings, and other social activities many of which center around the church; also noted is who preached on Sunday and on what text. She regularly records births, baptisms, and deaths as well as local and national events, including the 1856 temperance raid, elections, and men departing for the California gold rush. She also reports on news from the local fisheries and quarries as well as the steam cotton mill. Her daughter Ellen continues in a similar vein in 1888 although she seems to be living in the greater Boston area, probably in Everett and later Wrentham. A few passages are by Ellen's daughter Helen.

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Additional Index Terms

Congregational churches--Massachusetts--Rockport
Everett (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Rockport (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Women--Societies and clubs
Women and religion--Massachusetts--Rockport
Burt, Mrs. John, 1830-1919
Jumper, Hannah, 1781-1865