Mollie Berry diaries

Abstract

The Mollie Berry diaries (dated 1866-1873; 0.04 cubic feet; 3 items) document the post-Civil War life of Berry and demonstrate aspects of social life and customs of the time, including domestic duties and relationships with family members.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mollie Berry diaries
Date
1866-1873
Creator
Berry, Mollie
Extent
0.04 Cubic feet
Subjects
Poetry--Authorship--Kentucky.
Recipes.
Women--Kentucky--Social life and customs.
Women--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katharine Elmore
Preferred Citation
2012ms119 : [identification of item] Mollie Berry diaries, 1866-1873, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mollie (Green) Berry was born in Mooresville, Ky., located in Nicholas County. Birth and death dates are unknown.
Scope and Content
The Mollie Berry diaries (dated 1866-1873; 0.04 cubic feet; 3 items) document the post-Civil War life of Berry and demonstrate aspects of social life and customs of the time, including domestic duties and relationships with family members. The diaries also include some poems of various lengths as well as a recipe for Siver Bake and a log of expenses. People include a frequently-mentioned girl named Maggie, who may be Mollie's sister, and a male family friend named Waller. Waller is assumed to be a family friend whom Mollie often visits at his house. One significant topic Mollie deals with is illness. On May 9, 1866, she mentions a fever making a lot of people sick, possibly typhoid. The diaries also document the church as a large part of the social and cultural fabric of the community.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

1866 April 1-1869 January 7, 1866 April 1 - 1869 January 7

  • Box MS-30, Folder 1, Item 1
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1871 January 1-1872 March 8, 1871 January 1 - 1872 March 8

  • Box MS-30, Folder 2, Item 1
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1872 January 1-1873 December 31, 1872 January 1 - 1873 December 31

  • Box MS-30, Folder 2, Item 2
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