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The Emily Ann Powell Warrington Annotated Diary consists of more than 250 handwritten pages in three separate volumes containing newspaper and magazine clippings, letters, and photographs that tell her story as well as give a glimpse into the life and culture of Berlin, Maryland from just before the Civil War to 1878.

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Undated portrait photograph of Emily Ann Powell (Warrington), author of the annotated diary, as a teenager.Collection Location: Worcester County Public Library, Berlin Branch

Collection Overview: The Emily Ann Powell Warrington Annotated Diary consists of more than 250 handwritten pages in three separate volumes containing newspaper and magazine clippings, letters, and photographs that tell of her early life. Emily was a very popular young woman, and her "journal" gives insight into the life and culture of her home town of Berlin, Maryland from just before the Civil War to 1878.

Emily did not keep a daily "journal"; rather she wrote entries, especially after her marriage, summarizing important events that took place in her life since her last previous entry. Also, the diary is annotated; i.e., it contains entries, frequently in the margins and transcribed under "marginalia", that indicate birth, marriage, and death dates that could only have been entered years later. In fact, some of the newspaper clippings about her son, Albert P. Warrington, had to have been added in the early 1900s, when she was living with her other son, William Warrington, Jr., in Atlantic City, or with her daughter, May (or Mary) Warrington Burwell in Philadelphia.

 
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