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Mary Angella Holbrook papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00498

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Mary Angella Holbrook's diaries (3 vols., 1861-65), containing her observations on daily life, on teaching in South Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts, on religion, and a few comments on current events. There are also photographs of Mary Holbrook (Powers) and her husband, Edward S. Powers; a few poems and clippings; a guestbook from the family's summer cottage; and Edward S. Powers's school exercise book. There is also a brief family history, and transcriptions of the diaries and poems (on CD-Rom).

Dates of Materials

  • 1856 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1861 - 1891


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Angela Holbrook was born in South Braintree, Massachusetts on 12 February 1839 to Moses Holbrook and Amanda White Holbrook. She was the youngest of their six surviving children. Moses Holbrook was listed as a farmer in the 1850 census on Granite St. Near Pond St , east side, in South Braintree. After completing her education, Holbrook taught school in Quincy and South Braintree. In 1869, she married Edward Seabury Edwards, a dentist, with whom she had two children, Edward and Pamelia.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Teacher; Homemaker. Diaries (3 vols., 1861-65), containing observations on daily life, on teaching in South Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts, on religion, and current events; photographs poems; clippings; and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Elizabeth Stearns Williams, 2004.

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:17-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063