Adaline Lindsley Papers

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Adaline Lindsley papers
Creator: Lindsley, Adaline, 1820-1847
Call Number: D.310
Dates: 1840-1843
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Adaline Lindsley papers
Creator: Lindsley, Adaline, 1820-1847
Call Number: D.310
Dates: 1840-1843
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Adaline Lindsley was born in Middlesex, New York on January 20, 1820. Daughter of middle class farmer Benjamin Lindsley and his third wife, Rebecca Curtis Ladd Lindsley, Adaline was well educated and spent much of her time reading, writing, visiting local lectures and exhibitions, and entertaining her neighbors.

In September 1845, Adaline married Reverend Joseph Cross, a charismatic itinerant minister of the Methodist-Episcopal Church. She accompanied her husband and his nine-year-old daughter on missionary appointments to New York City, New Orleans, and, finally, to Lexington, Kentucky. In August 1847, Adaline gave birth to a daughter, Leila Thalia. Sadly, within months both children died from an infectious fever. Adaline was overcome with grief and she succumbed to tuberculosis on December 25, 1847, at the age of twenty-seven.

Scope and Content
Adaline's diary, kept from August 1840 - March 1843, when she was in her early twenties, reveals an intelligent and lively young woman, whose ambitions were challenged by her era's gender conventions, as well as the debilitating effects of tuberculosis. The diary not only captures the hopes and faith of Adaline, the intimacies of the Lindsley family, and community life in her Yates County, New York village in the early 1840s, it also documents a unique period of growth and transition in ante-bellum America.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Yates County
Women
Diaries
Lindsley, Adaline, 1820-1847
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Adaline Lindsley's 1840-1843 diary was purchased at auction in September 2001.Access
The Adaline Lindsley papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Adaline Lindsley papers, D.310, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Please also see, "To Live All In Uncertainty" The Middlesex Diary of Adaline Lindsley, 1840-1843. See online catalog for call number and details.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Diary, August 1840-March 1843
Manuscript, 144 pages.

Box 1, Folder 2Transcription of Adaline Lindsley's 1840-1843 diary
Completed by undergraduate intern Kristi L. Martin in 2003, Typescript, 113 pages.

Box 1, Folder 3Video, Kristi Martin interview for Channel 13 about Adaline Lindsley's diary, April 22, 2004


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