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Clara D. Nelson commonplace book

 Collection — Box: BW 51, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16746

Content Description

This collection contains one notebook filled with poems and some loose newspaper clippings of printed verse. The inside front cover is signed, "Mrs. Clara D. Nelson's book." The book is full of poems copied down by Clara. Some of the poems included are "The golden side," by Mary Ann Kidder, "The old, old home," [Reverend Henry Brown], "Peace," by J.G. Whittier, and "Watching and waiting," by Marianne Farningham.

Additionally, there are thirteen poems on newspaper, eight of which have been pasted together. Lastly, a shopping list is included.


  • Creation: c.1873


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Clara Danforth Sargent was born on September 26, 1845 to Daniel Sargent (1816-1887) and Mary W. Chase (1822-1920) in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. She married Harris Burpee Nelson (1843-1928) on November 17, 1868. She had 3 children, George E. Nelson (1870-1900), Eugeen L. Nelson (1871-1955), and Carl Harris Nelson (1874-1971). She and her husband were farmers in New Hampshire. She died on March 15, 1932 in Sutton, New Hampshire of influenza.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Eclectibles by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on February 19, 2020.

Clara D. Nelson commonplace book
Ellen Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States