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Mary Lucinda Smith Commonplace Book

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4146

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the commonplace and copy book of Mary Lucinda Smith of Jefferson County, Alabama. There are several pages, particularly the first ten to fifteen pages, of statements copied over and over again. For example, one page is covered with the repeated statement "I do not love to see ink blots on the copy book of a young lady" and another with "Any thing that is worth doing at all, is worth doing well". The rest of the book is filled with articles, pictures, and handwritten notes and poems.

Dates

  • after 1860

Creator

Physical Description

The commonplace book is in poor condition. The boards are detached and most pages are loose and brittle.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Lucinda "Mollie" Smith, oldest child and only daughter of John B. and Sarah Nabers Brown, was born on January 6, 1846, at Old Jonesboro in Jefferson County, Alabama. She married William S. Brown on March 18, 1875. The couple had four children: (1) Lula; (2) Brett Rutledge; (3) Owen Smith; and (4) Bessie Wadsworth. Mollie died on May 9, 1933.

Extent

1.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Commonplace and copybook of this Birmingham, Alabama, young woman.

Provenance

gift of Virginia Collier Shirley, 2015

Physical Description

The commonplace book is in poor condition. The boards are detached and most pages are loose and brittle.

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015
Title
Guide to the Mary Lucinda Smith Commonplace Book
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
August 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500