Two 6.75” x 8.25” Composition books used as diaries. One diary has the name "Eugenia F. Phelps” written on the cover, and there is writing throughout both books with over 100 double-side pages used. Eugenia turned 21 in 1915, lived at home with her parents in Staten Island, and frequently went to New York City. She was in some type of school, but also taught piano and I believe worked at a kindergarten. Her family had a summer home in the “Triangle,” of Upstate New York, and I believe the home was in Whitney Point. She goes to Wanamaker’s often for music and clothing, she talks about going to the theater, the Hippodrome, the opera, central park, etc. She helped out at home, ironed, baked and sewed some clothing. A boy named Harry courted her, and she liked him, but mentioned that he was homely. Fred was another boy that she was infatuated with who live in the Triangle. A few examples of her entries are:
Thursday, April 9, 1914 – Miss Hunter had an Easter egg hunt for the children – we didn’t have school this afternoon, so I stopped off at 59th Street, had lunch at child’s, walked around in Central Park for about an hour, oh it was a lovely walk, then I went to Carnegie to see Les Miserables in moving pictures. It was splendid, but I didn’t get home till 6:30.
Wednesday, May 6 – I wore my raincoat this morning, then it cleared off before I came home. Took a nap, then went to play for Mary’s afternoon class. I went to the evening class expecting to play but, Mr. Meadoro Croft had had a phonograph there, so I danced all the evening instead and had a splendid time.
July 10, Went over to Erie Station early this morning to see the largest engine in the world. It is mammoth! With 24 driving wheels. Then we went to the Boston store to see Rosa Bonheur’s famous painting “Old Darby” worth $65,000. It is wonderful. This P.M. I went over to Leora’s to spend afternoon and evening with her, but she had gone away, so I walked over and called on Flora. She wants me to come again and stay. Harold came down today.
Oct 12 – We went on a big spree. First Harold and I went up town to get theater tickets while Aunt L and mama saw the aquarium – Then we took the trip around Manhattan by water. It was delightful. Such a beautiful day too. Then we rode up to Times Square and had lunch – Went to see John Drew (he is splendid) then afterwards walked down to the Penn Station. We looked through there ten took a long ride on the bus up around Grant’s Tomb, and we had such a good time. We were glad to crawl into bed though when we got home.
The first diary starts on September 5, 1912 and goes till January 2, 1913. The second diary starts on April 1, 1914 and goes till June 16, 1915. The middle diary is missing. Still quite a splendid read that needs some more research.