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Bessie Frances Pierce diaries and journals

Identifier: 6190

Content Description

The collection comprises eight diaries and journals by Bessie Frances Pierce, one diary by H. M. Johnson, and Pierce's religious commonplace book of notes from religious classes that she attended. The collection also includes Pierce's pencil.


  • 1900 - 1931


Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The Bessie Frances Pierce diaries and journals consist of nine diaries and journals and one commonplace book of notes from religious classes spanning 1900 to 1931. Pierce authored every item in the collection except for one of the diaries, which belonged to her friend H. M. Johnson. However, Johnson's diary frequently references Pierce. The diaries document over 25 years of daily life and travels in the Eastern United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles, January 8, 2019.

Physical Description

The smallest item in the collection measures 3.75" x 2.5" and the largest measures 8" x 5.75". Three diaries--the two "Wanamaker" diaries and the Daily Reminder for 1900--show water damage. The others are in decent shape, but some have loose pages, stains, and cracked spines.

Finding aid for the Bessie Frances Pierce diaries and journals
Bo Doub
2019 June
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States