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Violet L. Barnett Diaries

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2009.504

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Scope and Contents

Diaries of Violet Laughead Barnett (d. 1972) of West Chester, Pennsylvania for the years 1931-1972 (with the exceptions of 1967 and 1968). Violet Barnett was a homemaker and had two children, Ethel and Earl. Daily entries cover chores, weather, family and social life. There is also the occasional comment on national and international events. Violet Barnett was very engaged in church activities and a member of several chapters of the National Grange. Also included are a few newspapers clippings, invitations, greeting cards, postcards, business cards and miscellaneous notes. A ledger book from 1920 is contained at the end and the identity of the author is not confirmed.


  • Creation: 1920-1972
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1931-1972


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Biographical Information:

Married to Joseph Percy Barnett (1882-1967), Violet Laughead Barnett was a homemaker in West Chester, Pa. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:


Physical Description

35 volumes.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in October 2009 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Collection organized, series list entered and contents described in further detail by Michael Lusby, SCRC Staff, in November 2009.


Guide to the Violet L. Barnett Diaries
Finding Aid Authors: Ute Schechter, Michael Lusby.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository