Eleanor McCartney Collection, 1891-1892

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Compiled by: Alicia Henneberry and Jane Lightfoot, November 2012

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Eleanor McCartney Collection, 1891-1892

Collection Number: SC 5042

Creator: Eleanor McCartney

Extent: 1 Half Hollinger Box

Language: English

Abstract: Eleanor McCartney diary and collection of recipes from a young girl in the Winchester, VA area.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], Eleanor McCartney Collection, 1891-1892, SC 5042, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Provenance: Donated by Dan Stickley in 2009 together with Peyton Dagg's Ledger.

Processing Information: The recipes in this collection were originally inside the accompanying envelope. They were removed and placed in small archival envelopes for preservation.

Biographical/Historical Note: Settlers, from various ethnicities and religious groups, including the Quakers and Mennonites, first entered the Shenandoah Valley in the late seventeenth century. During the the mid-nineteenth century, when this collection was created, the Third Great Awakening was sweeping the South. A fervent movement, it was characterized by deeper piety in Protestant denominations, a move towards missionary work, and the creation of new sects.

Scope and Content: The Eleanor McCartney Collection, 1891-1892, consists of one series with two folders containing the personal diary and items of Eleanor McCartney. The diary spans the years of 1891 and 1892, in which Eleanor recorded daily entries describing her activities, family and friends, and religious thoughts and beliefs. She discusses the weather and people in her community often. Her religious attitude is extremely prominent, as she discusses Bible verses and debates theological ideas in almost every entry. Accompanying the diary are a postcard from Bridgewater, VA, a small notebook with some various writing, and an envelope that contained three recipes.




  • Eleanor McCartney Personal Items


Related Material/Collections:

See Acker Family Diaries, 1880-1906 SC 2050




Series I: Eleanor McCartney Personal Items                                Folder

              Diary of Eleanor McCartney                                                  1

              Personal Items                                                                    2

  • Postcard

  • Envelope

  • “Recipe for insects of roses”

  • Recipe for “Grape Wine”

  • Recipe “For furniture scrubbing”

  • Notebook