[1880–1885, Miss Amanda L. Rockefeller Daily Diary / Calling and Visiting Book].
Late Victorian woman’s manuscript with curious numeric and symbolic coding
Nearly five-year social diary and calling/visiting book kept by Miss Amanda L. Rockefeller of Glenco [Glenco Mills], New York. Rockefeller meticulously tracked—typically in one-line entries—the social visits or calls and travels of her family and neighbors or of visiting laborers and tradespersons.
[March] 23  Miss Marion Smith of New York 1 1 •
Mrs. Mark Neuman came here to get my sewing to take home
Marion Smith has gone with Jonas [possibly Amanda’s father] to Solomon Avery’s visiting
Mrs. Bernardo Williams made a long call on Amanda [herself in the third-person?]
Marion Smith and Jonas are visiting to Mrs. James Haughnoutz. (p79)[/quote]
This entry is typical: a mix of names and some brief diary-like recording, in this instance a reference to sewing. Also typical is the mixed code of numbers and symbols at the end of the first line. Many of the line items in the handwritten book include this code which is comprised of the numerals 1 and/or 2 and/or 3 and/or sometimes a black dot (as above) and/or an open black dot symbol. There is no key to explain the code.
Amanda L. Rockefeller (1856–1919) appears to be the daughter of Jonas W. Rockefeller (1818–1892) and his second wife, Jane Elizabeth née Shaurman Rockefeller (1827–1895), who died at Glenco Mills, Columbia County, New York in the Hudson River Valley. There are numerous references in the manuscript to places in Columbia County such as Glenco, Gallatin, Kinderhook, Taghkanic, and Hudson (the largest nearby city and county seat) and to New York City or Brooklyn.
Just over three hundred and fifty pages of manuscript pages: one family’s circle of family, friends, etc., their visitations (the locales of New York and Brooklyn often appear), and, sometimes seen in brief, their associated activities with each visit. Also recorded: births, marriages, deaths, various other details.
Description: [1880–1885, Miss Amanda L. Rockefeller Daily Diary / Calling and Visiting Book].
Glenco [Likely Glenco Mills, Columbia County], New York, July 4, 1880–April 22, 1885. 354pp. Journal Book; completely full of manuscript. 10 x 8 inches. Half black sheep with marbled boards; all edges marbled. Ruled and foliated leaves. Ownership inscription on front endpaper: “Miss Amanda L. Rockefeller, Glenco, New York, December 25th 1880”. Brief wear to head and tail of spine and at tips; light rubbing to joints and edges of boards; lack three leaves at end; very good.