SEARCH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, April 15, 1981
Revised by Stephanie Wachalec, October 22, 2003
1 document case, .33 cubic feet, 11th floor
Friendship books were popular in the nineteenth century and "contained
girls' tributes to their dearest friends as well as meditations on friendship
itself...Writers sought to capture not only the essence of their friends but
something of their friendship as well."* Included in these books were poems,
selections from essays, and signatures of friends.
*Kelly, Catherine E. In The New England Fashion. Cornell University Press, 1999, p.77.
This collection is comprised of miscellaneous friendship books dating from 1824-1880 and originating in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Quebec.