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Esther A. Hathaway diaries, 1897-1936.
Hathaway, Esther A., 1876-1936.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 205  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hathaway, Esther A., 1876-1936.
Title : Esther A. Hathaway diaries, 1897-1936.
Physical Description : .25 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection is made up of two years, 1897-1898, of daily diary entries, plus the year 1936. Much space is devoted to weather, family visits, foods eaten and cooked, and health problems. A very good picture is given of what life was like for a young art student, living away from home, studying in Boston. There are extensive comments about the quality of the classes, teachers, fellow students, and progress in her own artistic development. Almost nothing is written of life beyond her work and family, except bits on floods in New England and the occasional reference to world events such as the execution of the Lindberg baby's kidnapper, the Spanish Civil War, and Edward VIII's abdication address. There are also some cash account entries at the end of two of the diaries.

Reproduction Note : Photocopy.
Biographical or historical data :

Esther Hathaway was born January 9, 1876, in Moretown, Vermont, the daughter of Asa Peck Hathaway and Alice Asenath Keeler. She lived in Montpelier and graduated from the Montpelier Seminary, where she took art classes on Saturday mornings from Miss Rood, a graduate of the Cowles Art School in Boston. Encouraged by Miss Rood, Esther enrolled at the Cowles School in 1897. She returned to Montpelier in 1899 and worked at the Department of Agriculture and at National Life Insurance Company. Esther died of pneumonia on December 24, 1936.

Related Collections : The Vermont Historical Society Museum has two sketches done by Esther Hathaway (VHS-A-708 and VHS-A-709). The museum also has a green dome trunk which was given by Edna Hathaway Allyn, daughter of Frank L. and Emma Royce Hathaway of Moretown (1998.27.9).
Corporate Subject : Cowles Art School Students.
Subject Term : Art students Massachusetts Boston.
Women art students Massachusetts Boston.
Women Diaries.
Geographic Term : Montpelier (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Diaries.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.