Collection consists primarily of diaries written
by Sheldon while serving as a stewardess on Pacific-based steamer ships in the
Little is know about Ella J. Sheldon (b. October 13, 1856) outside of
the accounts of her being a stewardess for the Occidental & Oriental
Steamship Company in the early 1890s. According to the donor, Francis Hull
Charles, Sheldon may have never married and probably died in San Francisco in
the late 1930s. Her diaries were passed on to her friend Heddy Smith, who gave
them to the donor.
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