6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 27, 2019 3:48 PM by Victoria Van Hyning

    Role of Mary Agnes Coombs in Clara Barton's Journals/Writings

    Kim Elliott Wayfarer

      Greetings! In the journals of Clara Barton (May 17 - Sept. 5, 1897), I discovered the following entry that I believe is the work of her assistant/stenographer Miss Mary Agnes Coombs: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/clara-barton-angel-of-the-battlefield/diaries-and-journals-1892-1901/mss119730045/mss119… It made me wonder if Mary Agnes contributed to more of Clara's journals and writings. This entry and a few others in this journal refer to "Miss Barton" and C.B.

       

      As I transcribe Clara's journals/writings, I feel like some pages of her cursive are clearer/easier to read/more complete than others. It made me wonder if these might be pages that Clara dictated to Mary Agnes. Is the clearer hand that I sometimes find that of Mary Agnes? Just a thought that I wanted to share.

       

      Cheers, K