Memoranda books, diaries, scrapbooks, 1850-1912

McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1835-1923

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
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  • Physical Details
    • 1.8 c.f. (4 archives boxes and 1 package)
  • Finding Aids
    • Register. Also described in Guide to the McCormick Collection, Margaret R. Hafstad, ed., Madison: 1973


  • Diaries, memoranda, and scrapbooks of McCormick, Chicago philanthropist and wife of the inventor of the reaper, Cyrus Hall McCormick. The diaries cover her three years in female seminaries in New York state, the period from 1856 through 1877, and a trip to Egypt for her son Stanley's health in 1896. They have frequent gaps in time, but entries are long and thoughtful, revealing much of her character, demonstrating her desire to help others, her concern for her children, and the extent to which she served as counselor to her husband. Entries refer to discussions on plant expansion, her attitude toward mine investments, and her writing of business letters at McCormick's dictation. References are made to the Civil War, especially during its opening months while the family lived in Washington, and her later work with the New York Ladies' Southern Relief Society.
  • In addition, there are two notebooks, 1852-1853, kept while a student at Troy Female Academy in New York; six very small books noting shopping lists and personal expenditures, especially while on trips abroad; and two volumes of diaries, 1851-1860, by her cousin, Ermina G. Merick, making frequent reference to Nettie.
  • Of the scrapbooks, one records the success of the McCormick reaper at the London exhibition in 1862; one contains clippings of letters by McCormick published in church papers, 1868-1869, concerning a dispute with Willis Lord involving the McCormick Theological Seminary; and two consist of clippings, programs, and photographs, 1909-1912, regarding admission of Cyrus H. McCormick, Sr., to the Illinois Farmers' Hall of Fame.


  • Forms part of the McCormick Collection.
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