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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Lavinia Hetherling Leinau commonplace book W.0124

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-15T16:55-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Lavinia Hetherling Leinau commonplace book

Unit ID:

W.0124

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1831-1836

Dates:

1831-1879

General Physical Description note

Commonplace book is very fragile; both front and back covers have separated from binding.

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama.

Abstract:

Tennessee resident Lavinia Heatherling Leinau's commonplace book, containing poetry and notes from friends

creator

Leinau, Lavinia Hetherling, 1817-1837

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Access Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Scope and Contents note

This commonplace book, compiled by Tennessee resident Lavinia Hetherling Leinau, contains literary quotations, poems, and handwritten notes from friends. The notebook is embossed with Leinau's name and contains several printed engravings. Leinau began compiling the commonplace book in 1831, when she was a young woman living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The majority of entries are dated from 1831 to 1836; the book contains one entry dated 1879, added after Leinau's death. The majority of entries are notes and poems written by friends and dedicated to Leinau, dealing with themes such as friendship, remembrance, and morality. The collection also includes handwritten copies of essays on the "character of a good wife" and "character of a good husband."

Biographical/Historical note

The daughter of Daniel Leinau and Eliza Jardon, Lavinia Heatherling Leinau was born on October 9, 1817, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leinau married Isaac Henry Hilliard on May 26, 1836, in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. On April 15, 1837, the couple's only daughter, Lavinia Hilliard, was born. On August 11, 1837, Leinau died at the age of nineteen.

Preferred Citation:

Lavinia Hetherling Leinau commonplace book, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Commonplace books (aat)

Love and Friendship (localbroad)

Poetry (lcsh)

Commonplace book Box W0124.01