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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1894
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 442p; 5 x 3.25 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Short entries in a page a day format. Generally, she writes on her health (including vaccinations and taking electricity), social events, student life, family news, and prayer meetings. She feels a strong religious devotion, and tries to convert others, including a Jew (February 25th) and an alcoholic (May 6th). She is deeply involved in the Salvation Army, as well as attending missionary meetings and the YWCA. She includes descriptions of her classes and academic work, particularly music lessons. She mentions traditions like Commencement, Class Day, Halloween, Freshman Party, and Thanksgiving. She also makes note of current events, like the assassination of President Carnot of France (June 25) and news from Russia. Over the summer, she lives in Chicago and references the strike there (June 2). She visits Hull House on August 3rd and meets Anna Lathrop [Case], as well as her brother and sister (possibly Julia Lathrop). At the end of the year, she also visits a settlement house in New York City’s Chinatown.