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Adelaide Wellington Houghton diary

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00290

Scope and Contents

Privately printed diary covering the years when Houghton's husband Alanson was involved in public life, from the time he went to Congress in 1918, to serving as U.S. ambassador to Berlin (1922-25) and to London (1925-29), and then his return to Washington (1929-41). The diary ceases on the day of Alanson Houghton's death in 1941. From the Foreward to the diary: "Much of the truth of the diary lies between its lines. It understates the significance of the events it describes. It was not that [Adelaide Houghton] felt them less strongly, but that she accepted life for what it was, quietly, gracefully, imaginatively, with humor, and with more than one grain of salt."

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1925-1929


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Adelaide Wellington was born in Tioga, Pennsylvania in 1867, the third child of Quincy Winthrop Wellington and Matilda Wickham. She married Alanson Bigelow Houghton and had five children. They lived in Corning, New York. The Houghton family dominated the civic and religious life of the community. Adelaide traveled abroad with her husband who was involved in international politics.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Homemaker. Privately printed diary doumenting her life during the period her husband was in public service, first in Congress, then as U.S. ambassador to Berlin (1922-25) and to London (1925-29), and his return to Washington (1929-41).

Adelaide Wellington Houghton diary
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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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