Contents and Arrangement

Lucy C. Lee Diary and Spiritual Journal, 1855-1861

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Lucy C. Lee's diary is from when she was a 16 year old student at the Willoughby Female Seminary in Mantua, Ohio. She kept her journal in intervals over the course of six years, and also wrote entries during her time at Western Female Seminary in Oxford, Ohio.

The diary centers on her experiences in school, her religious and moral strivings, her relationships with her peers and superiors, and her aspirations to become a teacher in imitation of the women who taught her. In her entries, Lee aspires to be a teacher and writes excitedly about the Teachers Institute, taking an exam to teach in a summer school, and writes on her trials teaching her first class as a student teacher. Many of her entries on these subjects also contain her religious thoughts and emotional struggles, as she seeks her teachers' love and approval, and as she wrestles with feelings of doubt. The journal also contains Lee's original poetry and the end-section of the journal was used as a commonplace book.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Ian Brabner, Bookseller in 2022 (AM 2022-105).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Amy C. Vo in March 2022, incorporating some description written by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Lucy C. Lee Diary and Spiritual Journal; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Teachers -- Training of
Women teachers -- Ohio -- History -- 19th century
Genre Terms:
Spiritual journals -- Authorship
Diaries -- 19th century