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Emma Marie Cutter Diary

Identifier: MSS-4230

Scope and Contents

Emma Marie Cutter kept this diary during her time as a teacher at the Peabody Normal School in Nashville, Tennessee. The entries within discuss her life at the school, including the classes, teachers, and curriculum. She also records her interactions with former slaves, where these individuals invited her into their homes and community; and her opinions on the politics of the time. Cutter also recorded entries while traveling by train from Tennessee to her family home in New Hampshire during a couple of summer vacations, making stops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Haddonfield, New Jersey; and Boston, Massachusetts. There are detailed notes on the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, which she visited in 1877 on one of her returning trips to Tennessee. At one point, she also took a trip to Quebec, Canada.


  • 1876 - 1878

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Content Description

Emma Cutter (1853-1937) was born in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, on 7 June 1853, the daughter of farmer Julius Cutter and his wife Caroline Huldah Felt. She and her sister Alice Ermina Cutter both attended the State Normal School at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, an institution known for training teachers during that time. She graduated in 1875, having attended the school for four years (1871-1875). When Eben Stearns took the office of president at the Peabody Normal School (later Peabody College) in Nashville, Tennessee, he brought both Emma Cutter and Julia Sears with him to work as instructors. Miss Cutter remained as a teacher for only six years (1875-1881) until she married John Mitchell in 1882, and the couple moved to Mansfield, Massachusetts. Emma Marie Cutter Mitchell died on 2 Oct 1937. She is buried at the Cutters Cemetery in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire.


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Emma Marie Cutter (1853-1937) was born in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and attended the State Normal School at Bridgewater, Massachesetts, from 1871-1875. Cutter began teaching at the Peabody (also known as State) Normal School in Nashville, Tennessee, immediately after her graduation until 1881. This diary, which she kept from 1876-1878, discusses her life as a teacher, her travels to the Northeast to visit her family in the summer, and the people she encountered in the post-Civil War South.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Emma Marie Cutter Diary was acquired by The University of Alabama in 2018.

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Processed by Jessica Rayman, 2018 August.
Guide to the Emma Marie Cutter Diary
Jessica Rayman
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