May 1866 - May 1867 (p 6-36); Oct 1867 - Sep 1869 (p 49-56); Nov 1869 - Aug 1870 (p 60-81); Aug 1870 - June 1871 (p 86-115); May 1871 - May 1872 (p 155-186); Oct 1872 (p 44-45); Oct 1873 (p 46-48); poetry, correspondence, pressed flowers and other items can be found on the unlisted pages.
Lilla Thomas Elder's diary documents the years 1866-1873; however, the narrative does not develop chronologically on consecutive pages. An index is available below. The volume's content includes Vassar events such as Matthew Vassar's death and how it changed Founder's Day celebrations, as well as routine activities, such as fluctuating relationships with classmates, decorating her room, in-room eating "sprees", trips to the infirmary, and interactions with Dr. Alida Avery, Hannah Lyman, and her teachers. She writes detailed descriptions of time at home in Hastings, N.Y., trips to New York City, and a summer in Shandaken in the Catskills. Vacations involved parlor games, rowing, riding, hiking, picnicking, and flirtations with young men. The diary ends with her thoughts on how her Vassar education developed her character but had a negative effect her romantic relationships with men.