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Wasson-Cox Diary

Identifier: SC 00453

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Scope and Contents

Diary, 1826-1946, of Lydia Wasson (1800-1853) of North Carolina and La Porte, Indiana, her daughter Charlotte Wasson Cox, and her grandson William Wasson Cox (b. 1857). At the beginning of the diary, Lydia Wasson, a devout Quaker, chronicles her life from birth to 1826 when the regular diary entries begin. Toward the end of her life she dictated her entries to her daughter, who after her mother's death continued to write in the diary a few more times at irregular intervals. Charlotte Wasson also titled the diary "A brief sketch of the religious exercises and varied experiences of Lydia Wasson written by herself - age 52 years - at her death in 1852."

Also included are a few entries by Lydia Wasson's grandson, William Wasson Cox, as well as a watercolor painted by him, a 1946 newspaper article about him and Lydia Wasson's 1853 obituary.

For a more detailed description, provided by the seller, see finding aid link below.


  • Creation: 1826-1946
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1826-1853

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Lydia Wasson


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Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in February 2010 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Further description by Marty Limber, SCRC staff, in March-April 2010.

Guide to the Wasson-Cox Diary
SCRC staff
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository