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Lucy A. Merrill Diaries
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002066


Consists of 25 diaries, primarily kept by Lucy Amanda Merrill of Hudson, New Hampshire.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 25 diaries, primarily kept by Lucy Amanda Merrill of Hudson, New Hampshire. The 1873 diary belonged to her son-in-law, Charles L. Spalding of Hudson, New Hampshire. One of the diaries has stamps for "Spaulding and Trow" of Nashau, N. H., which was a newspaper company that Charles Spaulding and Fred Trow ran. Some diaries do not have names inscribed in them. It is possible some of these uninscribed diaries belonged to her daughter, Sarah Byam Merrill Spaulding, as the 1886 diary includes an entry about "my wedding day," which is the year she married Charles L. Spaulding. There are two diaries belonging to Sarah Spaulding, as they are inscribed with "S. B. M. Spaulding" and "Merrill Spaulding."

The diarists mostly filled the books with diary entries, though two of the diaries are completely blank. The diaries contain ephemera such as newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and other ephemera. The diaries also contain quotations, accounts, death dates, birthdays, and addresses in the first and last few pages.


Materials are arranged chronologically by year.

Collection Creator Biography:


Collection History


Purchased from Kevin Jackson in September 2022 (AM 2023-100).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in December 2023. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in December 2023, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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 A. Merrill Diaries; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002066