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Journal of Ella Pultz Kimball

Identifier: MSS 0097-Item 0048

Scope and Content Note

This diary was kept by Ella Pultz Kimball from May 8, 1881, to May 31, 1883. The 262 page volume documents the daily social and domestic activities of a wealthy New York City-area family in the early 1880s.

In her diary, Kimball discussed her involvement in local celebrations, dinners, and other community activities. She also described trips across the Northeast United States with her husband, William Kimball. Ella extensively described taking walks and carriage rides around the New Jersey shoreline and docks with her husband and son. There are numerous entries describing trips into New York City with friends and family for shopping, leisure, and social activities. In most entries, Ella recorded the daily weather, however, these descriptions are very limited. In most cases, she only depicted the weather as hot, cold, rainy, or sunny.

Ella also documented her domestic duties as a wife, mother, and neighbor. Some of these duties included caring for sick family members, planning dinner, arranging trips, and cleaning the house. Most diary entries mention her son Willy (5-6 years old in 1881), who was frequently ill. She also mentions the activities of William’s sister Ella, and two servants, Mary and Charlie, all of whom live with the Kimballs. In the diary, Ella refers to her husband as “Billy.”

The final page of the diary features a list of dates and the respective weights of Ella and William on each of those dates. The last date recorded is November 2, 1887. The front and back covers of the diary feature writing practice by Ella, in which she repeatedly wrote her name and location. Which name she used varies and alternates between Ella M. Kimball, Ella Mann Kimball, Ella Kimball, Ella Pultz, and Ella P. Kimball.


  • Creation: 1881 May 8-1887 November 2


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

Ella Pultz Mann Kimball was born June 2, 1846, and was daughter of Edward M. Mann of Hartford, Conneticut. On September 5, 1865, she married New York City stock broker William Oscar Adams Kimball (b. April 29, 1843) in Jersey City, New Jersey. The couple continued to reside in the West Bergen neighborhood of Jersey City with their son Willy, William's sister Ella, and two servants, until at least the late 1880s.

Leonard Allison Morrison and Stephen Paschall Sharples, History of the Kimball family in America, from 1634 to 1897 : and of its ancestors the Kemballs or Kemboldes of England; with an account of the Kembles of Boston, Massachusetts (Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1897) via (accessed November 9, 2010). Biographical information derivived from collection.


1 volume (262 pages) ; 13 cm


This diary was kept by Ella Pultz Kimball from May 8, 1881, to May 31, 1883. The 262 page volume documents the daily social and domestic activities of a wealthy New York City-area family in the early 1880s.


Purchased, 1957.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.

Shelving Summary

  1. Item 0048: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097


Processed by Wes Skidmore, September 2010. Encoded by Evan Echols, November 2010.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2010 November 9
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