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Katherine Frances Hills diary

Ms. Codex 1812

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Hutt, Katherine Frances Hill, 1872-1961
Title:
Katherine Frances Hills diary
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1890
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1812
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A paper-covered volume comprising the diary of Katherine Francis Hills spanning the years from 1888 to 1890. Her sporadic entries recorded summers in Folkstone England and her family life in Hastings and Westgate. Hills also described living in Switzerland in 1890.
Cite as:
Katherine Frances Hills diary, 1889-1890, Ms. Codex 1812, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Katherine Francis Hills was born December 18, 1872 in Kensington, England to Octavius LIlburne Hills (1838-1877), a lawyer, and Matilda Catherine Brown (1840-). Katherine had three younger brothers Charles R. Hills, Archibald E. Hills, and Reginald B. Hills. Matilda raised her four children chiefly along coast of West Sussex, England in the towns of Worthing, Hastings, and Westgate. In January 1908 Katherine married Francis Rodes Hutt at St. Stephen's in South Kensington. They lived at Manor House Harting in West Sussex and had at least one child Christopher Hutt.

Scope and Contents

A paper-covered, ruled volume with marbled edges comprising the diary of Katherine Francis Hills spanning the years from 1888 to 1890. The first entry of the diary is July 26, 1888. Hills wrote daily entries of her life until September 23, 1888. Her entries following that date were sporadic. Hills opened the journal with the family's move for the summer from their home in Heene, Worthing to Folkestone where she and her brothers, Charlie, Archie, and Reggie spent their days bathing in the sea and exploring the coast. Hills wrote of the daily life and health of her mother, brothers, and other family members. She noted novels and stories she read, going to the library, visiting family including Uncle Graham and Aunt Mary, seeing friends, and attending church. Hills recorded visits to town and observing the fleet coming to port and describing ships. Before the family departed Folkestone her Uncle Graham died suddenly at the age of forty. In September Hills returned to school and noted her lessons and her activities such as playing tennis and music lessons. In December 1888 Hills stated she was finished with formal schooling and noted her sixteenth birthday. The entries that follow were written in April and May 1889, when the Hills family was living in Hastings and Westgate. Hills also described a trip to London during this time. A year later in May 1890 Hills was living in Switzerland and staying with family friends. She recorded her life in Lausanne from May to July 1890 including cities she visited, climbing a mountain, and hearing an avalanche. Hills recorded a list of people she met in Switzerland with adjectives following each name. At the end of July 1890, Hills had returned to England and was living with her family in Hastings. The diary is written chiefly in pencil. K. Hills is written on the first endpaper. One third of the diary is blank.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Alastor Rare Books (Lymington, England), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Switzerland--Description and travel--19th century
  • West Sussex (England)--Social life and customs--19th century
Subject(s)
  • English diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • English diaries--Women authors--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Katherine Francis Hills diary, 1888-1890.

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