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Commonplace book

 Item — Box: W0124.01

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This commonplace book, compiled by Tennessee resident Lavinia Hetherling Leinau, contains literary quotations, poems, and handwritten notes from friends. The notebook is embossed with Leinau's name and contains several printed engravings. Leinau began compiling the commonplace book in 1831, when she was a young woman living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The majority of entries are dated from 1831 to 1836; the book contains one entry dated 1879, added after Leinau's death. The majority of entries are notes and poems written by friends and dedicated to Leinau, dealing with themes such as friendship, remembrance, and morality. The collection also includes handwritten copies of essays on the "character of a good wife" and "character of a good husband."


  • 1831 - 1879
  • Majority of material found within 1831 - 1836

Conditions Governing Access



From the Collection: 0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266