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Helen Mantel Diary

Identifier: SC 00790

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Scope and Contents

Diary, 1959, of Helen Mantel of Brooklyn, New York. Includes her daily activities, people with which she meets, and places that they go. It also includes a few very brief entries regarding a trip to Cuba taken in June and July of 1959, months after Fidel Castro had overthrown Fulgencio Batista. Mantel's grandmother lived in Cuba and the family took the trip because she was sick. In a couple of sentences Helen Mantel mentions seeing Batista's daughter in a restaurant, and the fact that her mother saw someone described as "Castro's right hand."


  • Creation: 1959


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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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in December 2011

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