Scope and Content
Title: Louise Foot Ely Diary,
Date (inclusive): 1858-1859
Collection number: MS 20/13, MS 20/14 (Vault)
Ely, Louise Foot
Extent: 1 diary and 14 folios.
California Historical Society, North Baker Library
San Francisco, California 94105-4014
Gift of K.K. Bechtel.
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[Identification of item], Louise Foot Ely Diary. MS 20/13, MS 20/14 (Vault), California Historical Society, North Baker Research
- Cleveland, O., Elyria, O., San Francisco, Ca.
Scope and Content
- Original or Copy:
- Time span of diary:
- Feb. 12, 1858 - August 30, 1858; Nov. 28, 1858 - Nov. 9, 1859
- Description of diarist:
- Louise Foot Ely arrived in San Francisco in 1858 at the end of a trip to the South Sea with her husband C.A. Ely who was in
failing health They spent two years in California and as his health improved he traveled throughout the State and in Washington
- Size in Inches:
- Feb. 1858-Aug. 1858 14 looseleaf folios 8½ × 11; Nov. 1858-Nov. 1859 leather packet 4 3/4 × 3
- Approximate number of pages:
- 11/58-11/59: 109 bound; 2/58-8/58: 55 looseleaf.
Diary concerns some reflections on her life-concerns for husband's health where they will eventually settle hints of pregnancy.
Folder 14: Feb. 12, 1858 diary--Almost daily record of trip aboard the Samuel Russell from N.Y. to San Francisco via the China
Sea; life aboard ship, improvised church services, food served, Chinese sailors aboard, stars observed; description of Chinese
sailors being transported to Australia. An interesting if factual diary with only rare glimpses of her inner feelings, written
to be sent home to her family.
Folder 13: November 28, 1858 diary-- Private diary recounting typical middleclass woman's daily activities--lectures, teas,
church attendance. Health and welfare of husband; wifely arts such as sewing and decoration; social life with other women;
lectures and concerts; lively interest in events in San Francisco. Diary is accompanied by letters to family and friends.
Added Subject Entries
- Beatrice (Ship) Feb. 12 diary, p.40
- Broderick-Terry Duel - Nov. 28 diary p. 73 and following
- Chinese - transportation from Hong Kong to Australia Feb. 12 diary, p. 40
- Diaries - 1858-1859
- Fourth of July, 1859 - Celebration in San Francisco Nov. 28 diary, p.16, 17
- Lapwing (Ship) Feb. 12 diary, p.32
- Murphy's Ranch, San Jose, Ca. (description) Nov. 28 diary, p.26
- Nurseries (Horticulture) --San Jose, Ca. (description) Nov. 28 diary, p.32
- San Francisco --Social life and customs, Nov. 28 diary throughout
- San Jose. San Juan Church (description) Nov. 28 diary p.23, 24
- Santa Clara College, Santa Clara, Ca. (description) Nov. 28 diary p.23, 24
- Women in California -- Social life and customs, Nov. 28 diary throughout
- Voyages to the Pacific Coast, 1858
Added People Entries
- Broderick, David C. (1820-1859) wounded by Terry p.73 and following Greeley, Horace -- lecturer p. 52
- Flint, Mr./Mrs. Ben p. 29
- Mastick, Mr./Mrs. E.B. p 34 and following
- Scott (Rev.) W.A. (1813-1885) author and theologian p.14 and following
- Scott (General) Winfield (1786-1866) arrival in San Francisco Bay 1859, p.91, 92
- Terry, David S. (1823-1890) - pistol duel with Broderick p.73 and following
- Taylor, Bayard (1825-1878) - author and lecturer p.71, 74
- Santa Claus (Ship) (Feb. 1858 diary)