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Maria P. Hedden Diaries


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Maria Pease Hedden was born in Massachusetts on July 13, 1846. She was the daughter of Joseph Thaxter Pease (1814-1897), a probate judge, and Sophronia Norton (1815-1884). In 1871, she married Edward Fitch Hedden (1840-1908), an engineer who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War in the Revenue Cutter Service for the Treasury Department. She died in Edgartown on October 29, 1925.

Consists of 24 diaries kept by Maria P. Hedden of Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard, and one diary kept by someone with the initials A. E. V. The diaries begin in 1892 and end in 1925, a couple days before her death on October 29. In addition to her diary for 1925, there is a second 1925 diary, in another hand, with the initials, A. E. V. on the cover, and which references Maria by her nickname. She did not keep her diaries every year across this 30 year span, and had two diaries for 1906, though one was very sparsely written in. Maria Hedden wrote in her diaries almost daily, usually writing brief entries spanning one to several lines. Her entries describe her daily activities, the weather, how she was feeling, and tracked birthdays, deaths, and other important dates. Some of the diaries contain accounts in their front and/or last pages.

Materials are arranged chronologically by year.

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

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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.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

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Maria P. Hedden Diaries, 1892-1925. 1 box.
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1 box

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