Mattie Wilson diaries, 1867-1890 | Louisiana Research Collection
By LAC Group
ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 843
Primary Creator: Wilson, Mattie.
Extent: 3.0 Volumes
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of three volumes.
Date Acquired: 10/00/1939
Subjects: Books and reading., Diaries -- Women authors., Levees -- Mississippi River., Plantation life -- Louisiana -- Tensas Parish -- History -- 19th century., Plantations -- Mississippi River., Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana., Steamboats -- Mississippi River -- History., Tensas Parish (La.) -- History., Wilson, Mattie., Women -- Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
This collection consists of the diaries of a Tensas Parish woman, Mattie Wilson, who lived on a Mississippi River plantation with her father and three brothers: William, Smith, and Fenton. Her diaries are full of poetry, philosophy, and religious thoughts. She records the weather daily, conditions of the river, steamboats that pass, books and journals she reads, her sewing projects, her household chores, plantation events, and her social activities.
She names the books, newspapers, and magazines she reads; she writes about politics, both national and local; illnesses and medications; pastimes such as card games, piano playing, parties and dances, visits to and from neighbors and friends, trips. She writes constantly about her "true love" far away.
Books and reading.
Diaries -- Women authors.
Levees -- Mississippi River.
Plantation life -- Louisiana -- Tensas Parish -- History -- 19th century.
Plantations -- Mississippi River.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Louisiana.
Steamboats -- Mississippi River -- History.
Tensas Parish (La.) -- History.
Women -- Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Source: Howard Memorial Library.
Preferred Citation: Mattie Wilson diaries, Manuscripts Collection 843, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Processing Information: Collection processed in 1992 by HB and ML.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.
Browse by Volume:
[Volume 1: Diary, 1867 January 1-1873 June 18],
[Volume 2: Diary, 1880 August 23-1882 January 31],
[Volume 3: Diary, 1887 January 8-1890 March 15],