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Unknown Woman's Writing Exercise Book

Identifier: SC 01579

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Scope and Contents

Small bound writing book kept by an unknown individual, but most likely a woman related to the family of Robert Anderson Bright (1839-1904). The first entry is a lengthy essay on sincerity. Many of the other entries are copies of poems, sonnets, and some original musings. There are a few entries written in French. Some of the writings are signed by Ella (possibly Eliana Maria Jerdone Southall) and two entries are signed by Helen M. Anderson, Robert Anderson Bright's mother and grandmother, respectively. A pasted annotation on the inside front cover indicated that the book was found in the attic of the Bright House on the campus of William & Mary.


  • Creation: 1832

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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 from James Cummins Bookseller with funds from the Lelia S. H. Swem fund, 2018.

Guide to the Unknown Woman's Writing Exercise Book
Christina R. Luers, CA
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