march, 2022

10mar5:30 pm7:00 pmCelebrate Women’s History Month: The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker and the People Who Have Studied ItFree & Virtual

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Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Library Company of Philadelphia

The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker…and the People Who Have Studied It

Talk by Sarah Heim, Former Director of Research Services, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

March 10th, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Free & Virtual

In 1889 Henry D. Biddle published extracts from the diary of his great-grandmother—Philadelphia Quaker Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker (1734-1807)—with an apologetic note that it would “only be of interest to her immediate descendants.” However, the 20th century saw the diary cited in periodicals from the British Medical Journal to the Newsletter of the Association of Preservation Technology, as well as innumerable works on American history. In this talk Sarah Heim will trace the physical history of the thirty-four handwritten volumes of the diary, and highlight a few of the many scholars who have studied it.

Sponsored by The Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History




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