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Hunter (Florence I.) diaries
ARC Mss 92  
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  • Access Restrictions
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Florence I. Hunter diaries
    Identifier/Call Number: ARC Mss 92
    Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Creator: Hunter, Florence I., 1901-1961
    Physical Description: 3.75 linear feet (2 cartons, 3 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1958
    Abstract: Consists of 31 diaries written by Florence I. Hunter, an eyewitness to historical events ranging from women's suffrage to World War II and changes in the religious order in which her husband was a pastor. Beginning with her 1937 diary, Florence interleaved the pages with newspaper clippings, church bulletins, and a variety of ephemera related to events in her life.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Florence I. Hunter diaries, ARC Mss 92. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 2019.

    Biographical Note

    Florence I. Hunter (Walmer) of Hershey, Pennsylvania, was an eyewitness to historical events ranging from women's suffrage to World War II and changes in the religious order in which her husband was a pastor. Hunter (1901-1961) worked for many years as a stenographer at a New York department store and was married relatively late in life to Paul W. Hunter (1893-1983), a pastor with the United Methodist Church.
    Florence seems to have led a very pious life. She regularly attended church and Sunday school, and took part in a variety of religious organizations. Vacation generally involved going to a religious camp. This was true even before she met and married her minister husband.
    Florence gave birth on June 29, 1934, to her first child, J. Paul, and she recovered in the hospital for nearly two weeks but did not appear to have any major complaints or complications. Together, the couple had three children and took care, at times, of a daughter resulting from Paul's first marriage, which ended in divorce.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is comprised of 31 diaries written by Florence I. Hunter during her time spent in various New York and Pennsylvania towns. Most of the entries are records of her daily life, who she visited, weather conditions, how she was feeling, and local events. Included in the entries are mentions of women's suffrage, World War II, and presidential elections and politics. The bulk of the entries relate to her life as a religious woman and her role in her husband's ministry. Those entries include funeral service descriptions, weddings, and religious functions that she attended.
    The diaries cover the following years: 1920, 1923-27, 1930-31, 1933-35, 1937, 1939, 1940-47, 1949-1950, and 1952-58. Beginning with her 1937 diary, Florence interleaved the pages with newspaper clippings, church bulletins, and a variety of ephemera related to events in her life.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in chronological order.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women -- New York (State) -- 20th century -- Diaries
    Women -- Pennsylvania -- 20th century -- Diaries
    Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
    New York (State) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
    Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
    Church bulletins
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Correspondence
    Diaries
    Printed ephemera
    Hunter, Florence I., 1901-1961 -- Diaries