Journal of Margaret Bryson Waddell

Journal of Margaret Bryson Waddell

Dates: 2001

The Margaret Bryson Waddell journal is a typescript of the original journal kept by Waddell from March 23, 1878 until October 11, 1882. In this journal, Waddell obviously attempted to make an entry everyday, sometimes recording an anniversary with her husband, whom she refers to simply as "Alex", and also recording typical day to day tasks on a farm, such as the number of chicks they had and which cow had given birth to a new calf. During the time she wrote this journal, Waddell lived with her husband and children in Jackson, Amador, California. The typescript was produced in 2001. The collection also contains, at the end of the journal, a pedigree for Waddell.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fleming, Margaret, 1853-1932
  • Call Number: MSS 7415
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Journal of Margaret Bryson Waddell must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7415; Journal of Margaret Bryson Waddell; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7415, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Photocopy of journal maintained by Kim Ink until time of donation.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kim Ink; 2001.
Subject Terms
Fleming, Margaret, 1853-1932--Diaries; Material Types; Women--California--Diaries
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century journal of a woman living in California.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Journal of Margaret Bryson Waddell
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Chandler
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:32-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Margaret Bryson Waddell (1835-1932) was a wife a mother in California.

Margaret Bryson Waddell (1835-1932) was born in Glasgow, Scotland on January 30, 1853. Her mother's identity is not known at this time, but her father was Peter Ingels. At the age of fourteen, Waddell married Alexander Fleming. Her husband, also a Scottish native, was born on January 29, 1833. Sometime during their marriage, the pair traveled to California where they made a home for their family in Jackson. Waddell passed away at the age of seventy nine on September 11, 1932. She was buried in the family cemetery in Jackson, California.

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