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Ann Coffey Papers

Identifier: SC 01146

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Scope and Contents

Contains one typed transcript of a diary as well as a scrapbook of photographs entitled "The Coffey Pot" by Ann Coffey for her daughter Ann Elaine Coffey. The diary gives an account of the daily life of Ann and Ann Elaine, from large events like Ann Elaine's birth, her first day of school, her adventures at camp, moving to different towns, and a family trip to Niagara Falls, to everyday occurrences including being bitten by the neighbor's scottie dog and getting a perm for her hair. The diary ends in 1940 on Ann Elaine's sixteenth birthday.

The scrapbook contains a copy of the diary along with photographs of Ann Elaine as a child, her family and friends, summer camp, and trips the family took. Also included in the collection is "Why the Jew", a November 27, 1940 research paper written by Ann that discusses why Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler discriminated against the Jews and defends the population, positing that the Jews have contributed more to society than any other race. For excerpts from the diary provided by the seller, see the Finding Aid/Box List link below.


  • Creation: 1924-1940


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Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2011.634 was received by the SCRC via USPS in September 2011.

Guide to the Ann Coffey Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository