Guide to the Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers, 1862-1880

Collection number: MC 202
Size: 2 boxes (0.53 cu.ft.)

About Anna Maria Greeley Clarke

Anna Maria Greeley Clarke was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire on October 12, 1811 to Stephen L. and Anna Norton Greeley. In 1834, she married William Cogswell Clarke, a lawyer from Manchester. William was involved in New Hampshire politics throughout his life and served as New Hampshire Attorney General. He and Anna had four children: Stephen Greeley, Anna Norton, Julia Cogswell, and Greenleaf. After William died in 1872, Anna lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Norton and Robert Appleton, in Lake Village, New Hampshire, not far from Laconia. She died on April 19, 1883 and is buried in Manchester, New Hampshire.

About the Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers

The collection consists of both the bound volumes and unbound sheets that make up Anna Marie Greeley Clarke's diaries. Her writings span the nine years between October 1871 and December 1880 and mostly contain simple details about everyday life in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and farming, family and friends' visits, and neighbors. The bound diaries were Christmas gifts from her son-in-law Robert Appleton. Also a part of the collection are some miscellaneous items including bundles of hair from members of the Wight family, some dating from 1862, dried flowers and leaves, and five unidentified photographs.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

This collection is governed by United States Copyright law. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Anna Maria Greeley Clarke Papers, 1862-1880, MC 202, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

  • Purchased: Carmen Valentino, Philadelphia, Nov. 2007 (Accession number: 2007.13)
  • Donated: Bill Bridge, Beach Haven, New Jersey, June 2013 (Accession number: 2013.12)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Diaries, 1871-1880

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Diary, Oct-Dec, 1871

Recounts a trip made to New York City to visit family. Records weather and a few health complaints. Discusses deteriorating health of her father, Steven Greeley. Mentions a chilly Thanksgiving in Tenafly, New Jersey with family.

Box 1, Folder 2Diary, Jan-May, 1872

Records weather and family affairs including visiting her brother, John. Describes the sudden death of friend Dr. Buck and mentions tedious housework and various attendances at church.

Box 1, Folder 3Diary, July-Dec, 1872

Describes her frustrations with acquiring dysentery. Records weather changes and happiness about autumn wildflowers and birds singing. Describes accounts of a Boston fire that burned nearly 60 acres of land. Records the health report of her father after he was diagnosed with paralysis.

Box 1, Folder 4Diary, Jan-June, 1873

Records weather and continuous headaches. Describes her development of rheumatoid arthritis. Recounts the progression of her father’s terminal illness. Discusses family gatherings and trips to the beach.

Box 1, Folder 5Diary, July-Oct, 1873

Records weather changes, chores and family life. tells of a young, Scotch Presbyterian being installed and his lovely prayers. Discusses travels to Manchester, NH and Boston, MA.

Box 1, Folder 6Diary, Jan-June 22, 1874

Records the weather and her worsening rheumatism. Describes the illness of her entire family: father, sister, daughter and herself. Mentions the disasters at Williamsburg where several families were drowned.

Box 1, Folder 7Diary, June 23-Dec 1874

Recounts a trip made to New York with her daughters and tells about shopping trips to Lord and Taylor’s and Madison Square. Describes family life, weather patterns, and social gatherings with friends.

Box 1, Folder 8Diary, Jan 1875–Jan 1876

Describes at length her own ill health and the deaths of some family, friends, and neighbors. Mentions closely following the trial of Henry Ward Beecher. Chronicles the illness and death of her father and discusses some issues with his will and any inheritance she was entitled to.

Box 1, Folder 9Diary, Feb 1876–Jan 1877

Continues descriptions of her distressing bouts of ill health. Also details everyday life in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and farming, church-going, births and deaths. Includes a post card sent from Boston and some newspaper clippings.

Box 1, Folder 10Diary, Feb 1877–Mar 1878

Continues descriptions of her distressing bouts of ill health. Also details everyday life in Lake Village, including weather, gardening and farming, church-going, births and deaths. Includes a post card sent from Boston and some newspaper clippings.

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Diary, Jan 1880–Dec 1880

Details visits from friends and family, as well as plenty of mentions of letters, post cards, and packages received throughout the year, including details about daughter Julia’s trip to England. Many mentions of books, magazines, and papers she was reading, including Shakespeare, Dickens, and lectures on religion, science, and physics. Several entries give details about the 1880 election.

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1862-1873

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 2Miscellaneous items, 1872-1880

Includes Greeley-Clarke’s letter calendar for 1873, a four page letter to a Mr. Marshall discussing financial trouble she experienced after the death of her husband, and a Gilmanton Academy commencement booklet. Also included is a dried plant, an 1872 dressmaker’s invoice, a reward of merit presented to Mary R. Wight by Mahlon Day, and a newspaper clipping discussing words of wisdom.

Box 2, Folder 3Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family and others: Nahum Wight and unidentified
Box 2, Folder 4Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family: Mary Wight
Box 2, Folder 5Bundles of hair from various members of the Wight family: Sewall Wight; “Eddie’s hair 1862″ (some cuttings); Mary R. Wight 2nd; Sewall Greeley Wight (wrapped in newspaper of October 24, 1862)

Series 3: Photographs, undated

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 6Five unidentified and undated photographs, including two 4.5 x 7.5” sepia prints of sand dunes on unidentified beach(es), a 4.5 x 3.5” sepia print of a solitary cottage on an unidentified beach, and two slightly different 2.5 x 4” portraits of an unidentified man