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Frances Eleanor Poole commonplace book

 Collection — Box: BW 28, Folder: 1 [X032669072]
Identifier: MSS 16511

Content Description

This collection contains a commonplace book written in by Frances Eleanor "Fannie" Poole and her classmates at the Frederick Female Seminary in Maryland. The book includes a frontispiece, engraved title page, and additional plates. Poole wrote "this side up," beneath her inscription, but the binding is upside down. Poole died at the age of nineteen in 1860, four years after the last dated entry in the book. The book has heavy foxing on the plates and pages were torn from the book.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1856


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is minimally processed and open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Eleanor "Fanny" Poole was born on March 30, 1840 to her parents, Frederick Sprigg Poole [1809-1888] and Mary Tillard Douglas (Willson) Poole [1812-1883] and died in Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, on March 15, 1860.

Her obituary read, "On Sunday morning, the 11th instant, FANNIE, in the 19th year of her age, a lovely and most interesting daughter of Mr. and Mrs. FREDERICK S. POOLE.

Death Announcement Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), Thursday, March 15, 1860



0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter sized folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a purchase from Black Swan Books by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on October 1, 2019.

Condition Description


Guide to the Frances Eleanor Poole commonplace book
Rose Oliveira
7 June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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