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Mercy Jane Bancroft Blair, Diaries

Title: Mercy Jane Bancroft Blair, Diaries

Creator: Blair, Mercy Jane Bancroft

Dates: 1860-1900

Quantity: 7 boxes (2.7 linear ft)

Collection Number: MS 0230

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Mercy Jane Bancroft Blair, Diaries, (MS 0230). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Alternative Format: None

Biography:

Mercy Jane Bancroft Blair, was born July 13, 1825 in Plymoth, New York. She had one brother and three sisters. Blair was a traveling dressmaker, she kept diaries in which she kept a record of her work and the people she met. She also wrote of her religious activities. She married Addison Blair, a widower with one son, on November 19, 1863. She and her husband moved to South Hill, Pennsylvania. The couple had no children. Blair's mother-in-law and father-in-law lived with them in their home in Pennsylvania. Blair died on June 18, 1900.

Scope and Content:

Mercy Jane Bancroft kept diaries from 1859 until 1900. The diaries detail many aspects of daily life and significantly, the creation of a quilt, now housed at the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The materials also include a Devotional and Practical Polyglot Family Bible published in 1870 by the National Publishing Company and Jones Brothers and Co. The bible contains information on marriages, births, and deaths within the Bancroft/Blair family. Sixteen unidentified photographs were included in the back of the bible. These photographs have been rehoused. Copies of the diaries were made on acid-free paper.

Subjects:

Blair, Mercy Jane Bancroft -- Diaries

Women dressmakers -- History -- 19th century

Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Diaries

Home economics -- 19th century

Textile research -- 19th century

Quilting

Quilters

Quilting, United States

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Diaries, 1859-1864 Box 1. Folder 2. Diaries, 1866-1869 Box 1. Folder 3. Diaries, 1870-1873 Box 1. Folder 4. Diaries, 1874-1877 Box 1. Folder 5. Diaries, 1878-1885 Box 1. Folder 6. Diaries, 1886-1889 Box 1. Folder 7. Diaries, 1890-1896 Box 2. Folder 1. Diaries, 1898-1900 Box 2. Folder 2. Marriage certificate, undated Box 2. Folder 3. Photographs, undated Box 3. Folder 1. Family bible Box 4. Folder 1. Diary (photocopy), 1859 Box 4. Folder 2. Diary (photocopy), 1860 Box 4. Folder 3. Diary (photocopy), 1861 Box 4. Folder 4. Diary (photocopy), 1862 Box 4. Folder 5. Diary (photocopy), 1863 Box 4. Folder 6. Diary (photocopy), 1864 Box 4. Folder 7. Diary (photocopy), 1866 Box 4. Folder 8. Diary (photocopy), 1867 Box 4. Folder 9. Diary (photocopy), 1868 Box 4. Folder 10. Diary (photocopy), 1869 Box 4. Folder 11. Diary (photocopy), 1870 Box 4. Folder 12. Diary (photocopy), 1871 Box 5. Folder 1. Diary (photocopy), 1872 Box 5. Folder 2. Diary (photocopy), 1873 Box 5. Folder 3. Diary (photocopy), 1874 Box 5. Folder 4. Diary (photocopy), 1875 Box 5. Folder 5. Diary (photocopy), 1876 Box 5. Folder 6. Diary (photocopy), 1877 Box 5. Folder 7. Diary (photocopy), 1878 Box 5. Folder 8. Diary (photocopy), 1880 1881 Box 6. Folder 1. Diary (photocopy), part 1, 1882 Box 6. Folder 2. Diary (photocopy), part 2, 1882, 1883 Box 6. Folder 3. Diary (photocopy), 1884 Box 6. Folder 4. Diary (photocopy), 1885 Box 6. Folder 5. Diary (photocopy), 1886 Box 6. Folder 6. Diary (photocopy), 1887 Box 6. Folder 7. Diary (photocopy), 1888 Box 6. Folder 8. Diary (photocopy), 1889 Box 6. Folder 9. Diary (photocopy), part 1, 1890 Box 7. Folder 1. Diary (photocopy), part 2, 1890, 1891 Box 7. Folder 2. Diary (photocopy), 1892, 1893 Box 7. Folder 3. Diary (photocopy), 1894, 1895 Box 7. Folder 4. Diary (photocopy), 1896, 1897 Box 7. Folder 5. Diary (photocopy), 1898, 1899 Box 7. Folder 6. Diary (photocopy), 1900
Related Material and Resources: A quilt (No. 1997.997.0852) referenced in the Bancroft Diaries is located at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.



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