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Mary Elizabeth Williams diary

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: ML-063


A travel diary from 22 year old Mary Elizabeth Williams as she traveled throughout Europe, spending considering time in Germany. Ms. Williams writes about her experiences visiting historic architecture, museums, churches, and operas. There is also Ms. William's commentary on Mass and specific Marian artwork, some of which was later destroyed during World War II.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1932


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Ms. Mary Elizabeth Williams was 22 years old at the time of her first entry on August 24, 1930. The front cover says that she is 23 on October 17, 1930. She was a part-time governness, and spoke and wrote fluently in German. Her initial entry mentions departing London and saying goodbye to "Mummie" and "Elsbeth."

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 slim document case. )

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Acquisition Information

Diary was purchased from Kearns Rare Books in April 2019.

Guide to the Mary Elizabeth Williams diary, 1930-1932
Kayla Harris
June 2019
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