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Diaries of Mary Augusta Carr Cumings, 1866-1880
Cumings, Mary Augusta Carr, 1837-1904, creator
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.21 linear feet. (1/2 file box)
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Cumings, Mary Augusta Carr , 1837-1904 ;  Etiquette for women ;  Infants -- Care ;  Literature and morals ;  Menstruation ;  Women -- Conduct of life ;  Women -- Social conditions ;  Mothers ;  Children -- Diseases ;  Child care ;  Travel -- History -- 19th century ;  Marriage customs and rites -- United States -- History -- 19th century ;  Scarlatina -- Treatment ;  Massachusetts -- Social life and customs ;  New England -- Description and travel

Domestic Medicine

Diaries were kept in books called The Lady's Almanac, which contained, besides space for personal entries, printed poems and essays on female etiquette. Cumings kept a diary every year, 1866-1880, but her entries were infrequent and brief. She noted her children's growth, illnesses, music lessons, and first days of school, recorded callers, and described travels in New England and New York. Included are accounts of medical care for scarlet fever, and recipes for silver polish, rice, and bread. The printed sections of the 1876 Almanac contain histories of the American Revolution, and the evolution of women's status in the 100 years since. The topic for the 1879 Almanac is "Society" and for 1880, "Brides and Weddings."

Mary Augusta Carr Cumings Diaries. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Cumings was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived in Boston and Jamaica Plain, married Charles Bradley Cumings, and had several children.

Electronic finding aid available

Unpublished finding aid; see also Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library..., The Manuscript Inventories and the Catalogs...10v., (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984)

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