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Adelaide Wellington Houghton diary, 1925-1929
1 volume (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 290

Abstract:
Homemaker. Privately printed diary doumenting her life during the period her husband was in public service, first in Congress, then as U.S. ambassador to Berlin (1922-25) and to London (1925-29), and his return to Washington (1929-41).

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Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Adelaide Wellington was born in Tioga, Pennsylvania in 1867, the third child of Quincy Winthrop Wellington and Matilda Wickham. She married Alanson Bigelow Houghton and had five children. They lived in Corning, New York. The Houghton family dominated the civic and religious life of the community. Adelaide traveled abroad with her husband who was involved in international politics.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Privately printed diary covering the years when Houghton's husband Alanson was involved in public life, from the time he went to Congress in 1918, to serving as U.S. ambassador to Berlin (1922-25) and to London (1925-29), and then his return to Washington (1929-41). The diary ceases on the day of Alanson Houghton's death in 1941. From the Foreward to the diary: "Much of the truth of the diary lies between its lines. It understates the significance of the events it describes. It was not that [Adelaide Houghton] felt them less strongly, but that she accepted life for what it was, quietly, gracefully, imaginatively, with humor, and with more than one grain of salt."

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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Adelaide Wellington Houghton diary, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Houghton, Adelaide Wellington, 1867-
  • Houghton, Claus von Bigelow, 1863-1941
  • London--Social life and customs--20th century--Sources


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