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Lavinia Hetherling Leinau commonplace book

 Collection
Identifier: W-0124

Scope and Contents

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."

Dates

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

Creator

Physical Description

Commonplace book is very fragile; both front and back covers have separated from binding.

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

The daughter of Daniel Leinau and Eliza Jardon, Lavinia Heatherling Leinau was born on October 9, 1817, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leinau married Isaac Henry Hilliard on May 26, 1836, in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. On April 15, 1837, the couple's only daughter, Lavinia Hilliard, was born. On August 11, 1837, Leinau died at the age of nineteen.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Tennessee resident Lavinia Heatherling Leinau's commonplace book, containing poetry and notes from friends

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama.

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Physical Description

Commonplace book is very fragile; both front and back covers have separated from binding.

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Lavinia Hetherling Leinau commonplace book
Status
Completed
Date
January 2014
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