Scope and Contents
Two diaries, 1907-1908 kept by Claire Lilian Wight (b. 1894) of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Claire Wight was 13 years old when she began her first diary in 1907. Claire records daily activities such as school visits, reading, attending concerts, social and family activities, vacations, taking music lessons and playing tennis and going to the YWCA. Also included are two calling cards, one of Claire's and one of her uncle as well as a newspaper clipping for the "Tennessee Colored Jubilee Singers," whose performance Claire mentions in her diary.
The following description was provided by the seller:
"The first diary was kept in a ledger book. It measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", and has 47 pages filled with entries that date from July 18, 1907 to September 20, 1907. The second diary was kept in a memorandum book. It measures 4 3/4" x 6 1/4", and has 84 pages filled with entries that date from September 21, 1907 to April 3, 1908. Claire writes of her activities at school, home, and with her friends. She went boating on "Gull Lake", had her picture taken in town, enjoyed making candy, attended lectures, played dominoes and other games, went to football games, took music and painting lessons, went coasting and ice skating with her friends, and much more! She writes of her parents going to Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, of buying Valentines, making Christmas presents, and so on."
For excerpts from the diary, provided by the seller, see the finding aid link below.
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