Guide to the Eliza W. Mitchell Papers, 1894-1896

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Eliza W. Mitchell Papers
Mitchell, Eliza W., 1808-1896
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: Eliza W. Mitchell Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Mrs. Eliza W. Mitchell.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Mitchell, Eliza H. Clapp, 1808-1896.
  • Genre Term
    • Almanacs
    • Journals (Diaries).

Biographical Information

Eliza W. Mitchell (1808-1896) was born to Joseph Plaskett and Persis Colesworthy. She married Timothy Clapp (1800-1842), with whom she had three sons. She later became the fourth wife of David Mitchell (1799-1875). Eliza was a lifetime resident of Nantucket, Mass.

Scope and Content

The Eliza W. Mitchell Papers includes her journal which recounts social events taking place on Nantucket, Mass. in the late nineteenth century, as well as her copies of “The Old Farmer’s Almanack” from 1884, 1888, and 1890, with handwritten notes about deaths on the island. The journal focuses on her life and includes stories told to her by Benjamin Franklin Folger.


  • Folder 1 Eliza W. Mitchell journal, 1894-1896
  • Folder 2 The Old Farmer’s Almanack, 1884
  • Folder 3 The Old Farmer’s Almanack, 1888
  • Folder 4 The Old Farmer’s Almanack, 1890

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018 and Ashley Miller in February 2019.

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