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Addie Whitlock Hale papers

Call Number: MS 994
Scope and Contents

The Addie Whitlock Hale Papers consist almost entirely of household account books kept by Addie Hale (1855-[1940]?), the wife of Charles Reverdy Hale, of Meriden, Connecticut. Charles Hale (1848-1924) was the son of Elias and Eliza Camp (Miller) Hale.

Little else is known about Addie Hale's life beyond the fact that she had no children. The collection suggests that she was a compulsive recordkeeper, watchful as to how she spent her money and her time. Most of the volumes constitute a record, spanning nearly sixty years, of every small purchase she made. Other books record time spent and/or money earned mending, teaching and practicing music, teaching arithmetic and algebra, and learning to type. Her husband ("Charlie") and her sister-in-law Ida Hale Whitlock's family are frequently mentioned in the accounts.

Hale's account books, along with a volume partially in the hand of Bryant Burwell Glenny, Jr. (Yale 1909) and two diaries in other hands, were purchased from Whitlock's Book Store in April 1940. The proprietor of Whitlock's Book Store was Addie Hale's great-nephew, the grandson of her sister-in-law, Ida Hale Whitlock.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1940.

0.5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Hale, Addie Whitlock, 1855-ca. 1940
Language of Materials