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Bertha Paisley Lambert Burt diaries, 1926, 1937-1987.
Burt, Bertha Lambert, 1892-1995.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 387-388  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Burt, Bertha Lambert, 1892-1995.
Title : Bertha Paisley Lambert Burt diaries, 1926, 1937-1987.
Physical Description : .75 linear feet.
Summary :

The collection consists of diaries kept over a fifty year period by Bertha Paisley Lambert Burt, a Bennington, Vermont housewife. The donor has provided transcriptions for the first eleven years of the diaries; she has also provided an introductory essay to the collection. An additional diary for the year 1926 was donated to the Bennington Museum; the transcription is included here.

The diaries show the pattern of Bertha Burt's days, weeks, and years. Ralph would leave for work everyday at 8:30 in the morning and Bertha would wash and dry the breakfast dishes, do household chores, and prepare the main meal of the day, dinner at noontime. Ralph would return home for dinner. After dinner Bertha would change her clothes and relax or attend a social event. She prepared a light supper usually served around 6 pm. Each day of the week had its assigned task: washing on Mondays, ironing on Tuesdays, and so forth. The house was completely cleaned twice a year, a task that involved removing all of the furniture, books, drawer contents, rugs, and curtains from the room, cleaning the room thoroughly, and replacing them.

The collection also includes recipe cards used by Mrs. Burt, an example of letterhead from Burt Brothers Clothing, World War II printed ephemera, and photographs of Ralph and Bertha Burt, the family home at 208 Division Street, and the interior of Burt Brothers Clothing store.

Biographical or historical data :

Bertha Paisley Lambert Burt was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, 12 December 1892, daughter of Joseph Lambert and Harriet Paisley. The family came to the United States when Bertha was eighteen months old. They lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, until 1905 when they moved to Bennington, Vermont. Bertha graduated from Bennington High School in 1910 and taught school in Pownal, Vermont, and later in Bennington.

Bertha Lambert married Ralph Amos Burt (1891-1974) in Bennington on 9 October 1929. Ralph had been her classmate at Bennington High School. He was the son of Sidney Burt who, with his brother Oliver, had started a men's clothing store in Bennington in 1893. Ralph worked in the Bennington clothing store, Burt Brothers, along with Oliver's son Eugene. Ralph and Eugene eventually took over the business. Bertha L. Burt died in Bennington, Vermont, on March 9, 1995 at the age of 102.

Personal Subject : Burt, Bertha Lambert, 1892-1995.
Burt, Ralph Amos, 1891-1974.
Subject Term : Housewives Vermont Bennington.
Women Diaries.
Geographic Term : Bennington (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Diaries.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.