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Adalaide C. Davis Clark diaries

Identifier: BC118
Longtime resident of Mendota, Ill. who kept a day to day diary through much of her of life including her trip to Europe in 1894. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis, she was born in Ludlowville, N.Y. She lived there until after her marriage to Harvey S. Clark in 1854 when they moved to Mendota. Over the years Harvey worked as a lumber dealer and manager of an oil mill in LaSalle County. They had three children, two daughters and one son. After her husband’s death, she lived with her daughter Mrs. Edmund La Beaume, in St. Louis for a time. At the time of her death she was with her daughter, Carrie Clark, in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Diaries, 1851, 1854-1858, 1860-1861, 1865-1868, 1871, 1874-1886, 1891-1892, 1894-1898, and 1900-1911. Day to day life experiences. A bible presented to Adelaide by her mother in 1843. A diary belonging to her father from 1866 that gives mostly weather conditions in Belvedere, New York.

One photograph was transferred out of the collection.


  • 1843 - 1911
  • Majority of material found within 1851 - 1911


TBD Linear Feet (51 volumes in 2 boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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Springfield IL 62701 US
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