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Loraine Breed Coburn commonplace book

 Collection
Identifier: C0383

Scope and Content

Leather bound commonplace book kept by Loraine Breed Coburn from 1871 - 1895 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Coburn uses the commonplace book like a diary, with entries about daily activities, life events, and interactions with friends and family. Also included are poems and phrases from other sources. The book contains newsclippings and recipes that have been pasted and pinned on the pages and inside covers.

Dates

  • 1871 - 1895

Creator

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.

Biographical Information

Loraine Breed Colburn was born in 1827 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was married to Fordice (sometimes spelled Fordyce) Coburn, and they had one son who lived to adulthood named Frank Fordice Coburn, born November 12, 1849. The Coburns had two other children who both died in infancy - Adelaid Loraine and Harry Breed. Fordice passed away in 1882. It is unknown when Loraine passed away, though it was likely in the early 1900s.

Frank went on to become the principal of Lowell High School and the Lowell Normal School, making an impact on the local community. He passed away on February 11, 1908.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (1 item)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Leather bound commonplace book kept by Loraine Breed Coburn from 1871 - 1895 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Coburn uses the commonplace book like a diary, with entries about daily activities, life events, and interactions with friends and family. Kept from 1871 - 1895.

Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The book's cover has separated from the binding, which is also unstable. There are metal pins throughout the book. Care is needed when handling.

Physical Location

R 72, C 3, S 4

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Read'Em Again Books on May 17, 2019 by Lynn Eaton.

Related Materials

The Special Collections Research Center holds other collections focused on domestic life and diaries, such as the New Year's resolutions written by Calvin Jewett and the Northern Virginia farmer's diary.

Bibliography

"Adelaide Loraine 'Rainey' Coburn[.]" Find A Grave, accessed August 26, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181393509/adelaide-loraine-coburn.

"Fordice Coburn[.]" Find A Grave, accessed August 26, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181392796/fordice-coburn.

"Frank Coburn[.]" My Heritage, accessed August 26, 2022. https://www.myheritage.com/names/frank_coburn.

"Frank F. Coburn[.]" Find A Grave, accessed August 26, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181392498/frank-f-coburn.

"Harry Breed Coburn[.]" Find A Grave, accessed August 26, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181393622/harry-breed-coburn.

Martyn, Charles. The William Ward Genealogy; the History of the Descendants of William Ward of Sudbury, Mass., 1638-1925, 531. United States: A. Ward, 1925.

The Purple and Gold. United States: Chi Psi Fraternity, 1908, 231-232.

The Sixth Decennial Catalogue. United States: n.p., 1902, 409.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Menjivar in August 2022. Finding aid completed by Amanda Menjivar in August 2022.

Title
Guide to Loraine Breed Coburn commonplace book
Subtitle
Loraine Breed Coburn commonplace book
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Menjivar
Date
August 26, 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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