Elizabeth Drinker diaries
Scope and Contents
The collection includes unbound, typed transcripts of Elizabeth Drinker’s original diaries. Diaries are from 1758 to 1800; diaries from 1787 and 1788 are missing. The diaries are composed of Elizabeth’s personal reflections of the day-to-day life of a wealthy Quaker woman in colonial Philadelphia. The majority of Elizabeth’s entries detail her daily life, including social calls with other Quaker families and individuals, the births, deaths, and marriages within her community, and attendance at, and descriptions of, weekly and monthly Quaker meetings. While Elizabeth is generally not concerned with larger economic or political events, her entries during the Revolutionary War discuss military movements by both the British and the Americans, specifically General Washington’s military movements. Elizabeth’s description of events during this period include general military events, as well as personal experiences during the war. In addition to the Revolutionary War, Elizabeth’s entries are often concerned with medical and health matters, both within her own family and as concerned the city of Philadelphia more generally. Specifically, her entries provide a record of small pox and yellow fever outbreaks during her lifetime, and her personal entries detail the illnesses of herself and her family, as well as treatments administered to herself and her children.
- Drinker, Elizabeth Sandwith (Person)
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Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker (1735-1807) was born circa 1735 in Philadelphia, where she married Henry Drinker. Together they had nine children. Elizabeth was a prolific journal writer throughout her life, and kept journals from the colonial period, during the Revolutionary War, and in the early years of American independence. Elizabeth died in Philadelphia in 1807.
0.34 Linear Feet (24 volumes)
Elizabeth was a colonial era Quaker and prolific journal writer. Elizabeth's diaries are composed of her personal reflections of the day-to-day life of a wealthy Quaker woman in colonial Philadelphia. The majority of Elizabeth’s entries detail her daily life, including social calls with other Quaker families and individuals, the births, deaths, and marriages within her community, and attendance at, and descriptions of, weekly and monthly Quaker meetings. Elizabeth’s description of events during the American Revolutionary War include general military events, as well as personal experiences during the war.
Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June, 2015.
- Drinker, Henry, 1734-1809
- Emlen, Samuel
- Medicine -- United States -- History -- 18th century
- Quaker women -- United States
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Women -- Sources
- Women -- United States -- Social life and customs
- Yellow fever
- Elizabeth Drinker diaries, 1758-1800
- Kara Flynn
- June, 2015
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