British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries spans more than 400 years of personal writings by women from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The collection contains nearly 100,000 pages from bibliographies and new research.
This collection includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts from the 1500s through World War II. It showcases the various forms of the diary as it has evolved–including the travel diary, the daily personal diary, letter diaries and other formats. Some content is penned by famous women like Florence Nightingale.
Religious, travel and journalistic forms of diaries enrich the content of the collection. The result is an extensive, broad-based accumulation of the thoughts, observations, habits, pastimes and daily habits that reflect the collective consciousness of women from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
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