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Clara Cable Papers

Clara Cable Papers

Collection Number: 
199
Collection Length: 
1.25ft
Geographic Coverage: 
Oswego County, N.Y.
Period: 
1880 to 1930
Finding Aid: 
Photograph of Clara Cable, about 1884.

Clara E. Cable was born in Hannibal, NY in 1864. She was a resident of the Fulton, New York area and a teacher in country schools of that part of Oswego County for about 15 years from the 1880s until the early part of the 1900s.

The collection consists of approximately 30 small booklets organized by year in which brief diary entries or daily expenses are written. Also included are approximately 150 mostly hand-written letters to Cable from family and friends as well as papers relating to her work as a teacher. One primary correspondent is a cousin, Emma Howe, who resides in California.

The diaries and papers were donated to St. Lawrence University by David Hornung, spouse of the late SLU English Professor Susan Ward, who had a research interest is the lives of working women in Northern New York in the 19th and 20th centuries. Professor Ward received the materials from Anna Straight, Jay, New York.