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Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, April 15, 1981; Revised by Stephanie Wachalec, October 22, 2003; Last updated: May 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1824-1880
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: 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." (Kelly, Catherine E. In The New England Fashion. Cornell University Press, 1999, p. 77.) Included in these books were poems, selections from essays, and signatures of friends.
Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of miscellaneous friendship books dating from 1824-1880 and originating in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Quebec.