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Mrs. Alfred M. Frost Diary

Mrs. Alfred M. Frost Diary

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MRS. ALFRED M. FROST DIARY, circa 1900-1910





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Frost, Martha Hume, 1861-1921
Title:Mrs. Alfred M. Frost Diary
Dates:circa 1900/1910
Quantity:.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This manuscript diary, circa 1900-1910, was kept by Mrs. Alfred Frost of Poughkeepsie, New York, and it records a five-week journey through southeastern China.
Collection Number:MSS 350

Scope and Content Note

This manuscript diary, circa 1900-1910, was kept by Mrs. Alfred Frost of Poughkeepsie, New York, and it records a five-week journey through southeastern China. She was accompanied by another, unidentified American and by two female American missionaries, Harriet L.? Osborne and Evelyn M. Worthley. The trip was accomplished by boat and sedan chair through Fuhkien (Fujian) Province from Foochow (Fuzhou) to Amoy (Xiamen) and back to Foochow by sea. The writer vividly records the sights and people she encountered, and her impressions and visits with and to other missionaries and missions. The photographs are exceptional in their composition and clarity.


The diary consists of 84 leaves and is illustrated by 121 photographs that relate to the text. These contain architectural views, Chinese at work or professions, missionary buildings and more.


The album measures 8-3/4 x 11 inches and is somewhat worn. The photographs are especially clear and bright. The text, while a bit soiled, is very legible. In addition, there are two inserted photographs and two colored photo-postcards of Amoy architecture views.


Biographical Sketch

Martha Hume Frost (Mrs. Alfred M. Frost) lived from 1861 to 1921 and resided in Poughkeepsie, New York. In about 1900-1910, she traveled through southeastern China for five weeks and assembled this manuscript diary. Further information about Mrs. Frost was not available.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Frost, Martha Hume, 1861-1921
Diaries
Missions--China
Photographs
China--Description and travel
China--Fuzhou Shi (Fujian Sheng)--Description and travel

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Mrs. Alfred M. Frost Diary, MSS 350, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased on July 17, 2002 (acc #2002.038).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, May 2005.


Related Material


"Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions", Ginny's Genealogy Page. http://www.ginnyflies.com/moreprc.html. Accessed May 2005.


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