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Warner Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2010.251

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Scope and Contents

Diaries, accounts and address book of Anna P. (Anne) Warner (b. 1876) of Washington D.C.  and Rebecca P. (Bess) Warner, sisters of Washington, D.C.  The sisters came from a well-off family and traveled extensively in Europe. They remained single and shared an apartment.  It has not been determined if one of the two 1899 diaries and the address book were kept by one of the sisters or by another family member.

Most of the diaries contain detailed entries on their travels abroad, including description of sites  visited, names of hotel, restaurants, stores and also of friends and acquaintances who lived in some the their travel destinations.  Also included with two of the diaries are a few receipts and business cards.

Mss. Acc. 2010.693 contains a genealogical chart of the Warner family, as well as modern pictures of Brainard Warner's house in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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

For detailed genealogical  information on the Warner family, also provided by the seller, see biographical links above. Please note that the description and information provided by the seller has not been verified for accuary.


  • Creation: 1899-1929

Language of Materials

English German

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Biographical / Historical

The following biographical information was provided by the seller, who among other sources used diaries and letters of the Warner family at his disposal. This information has not been verified:

Anne was the daughter of Brainard Warner Sr and Mary Parker Warner. At the time Anne wrote this diary she had two sisters and two brothers who were living: Bess (with who she lived), Mary Warner Cooke, Brainard Jr and Andrew Parker Warner (known as Parker). Her mother died in 1885 when Anne was 9. It looks like Mary Parker Warner died after childbirth. Brainard Warner Sr. remarried two years later in 1887 to Mary Philips. They had three children: Margaret, Albert and Hamilton.

Brainard Warner Sr was a dynamic man who made a fortune in real estate , banking and land development in Washington D.C. and Maryland. He was the founder of Kensington Maryland. His company was responsible for the oversight of building over 1000 buildings and homes in the Washington DC area He was also the founder of the Washington Pubic library.

Bess’s mother was Mary Jacobs Parker Warner who was descended from Edward Doty, a Pilgrim and indentured servant who sailed over on the Mayflower, signed the Mayflower Compact and helped to settle Plymouth Colony.

So Anne grew up in a family that money and status. She had two brothers who served as consuls: Brainard Jr and Southard. Southard committed suicide while serving in Manchuria (China) in 1914.

Neither Bess, the oldest child, nor Anne ever married. They lived together all of their lives until Bess’s death in 1942. They grew up in a house that their father built at 2100 Massachusetts Avenue. As adults they lived in an apartment at 1868 Columbia Road in Washington DC.


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Physical Description

8 volumes.

Processing Information

Accessioned and minimally processed in May 2010 by SCRC staff.

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