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Welcome to North American Women's Letters and Diaries

North American Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before.  The materials have been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies, supplemented by customer requests and more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished material. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database. 
North American Women's Letters and Diaries uses PhiloLogic software, developed at the University of Chicago, to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database.  We have recently upgraded the PhiloLogic software, enhancing performance and giving the collection a fresh new look.  We have improved the search engine for better performance and introduced new toolbar navigation for easier browsing, but all other functionality of the collection remains the same.   

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Julia Heller Boy Friends Book, June 1932

A diary of dates, social engagements and ratings of boyfriend from a teenager in Pennsylvania in 1932.

Diary of a European Tour, May-July 1914

Postcards, fashion clippings and other ephemera illustrate this travel account of a trip to France, England and Scotland just before World War I.

Letter from Margaret Lowther Page to Mrs. McLaine, April 6, 1795

A manuscript showing reactions of Martha Paige to an outbreak of small pox in 1792.

Diary, 1933

A young black school girl describes school work, friends, religious observances and her resolutions for the year.


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