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Scrapbook, ephemera and writings by Mary L. Nichols, 1859-1947.
This scrapbook is a memoir of Ella Costillo Bennett's sister Mary L. Nichols, and contains material dated 1859-1947. Nichols maintained and annotated this scrapbook to preserve the family history of the Costillos and the Nichols for later generations of the family. She recorded births, events of individual's development, marriages, arid deaths in a wealth of colorful detail. Researchers can gather excellent material on the lifestyle of wealthy slaveholding Whites before the Civil War and the hardships these people suffered after the war in adapting to a less affluent way of life. She depicted Memphis as a thriving waterfront city lacking public and private schools in the decade of the 1850s. Memphis children could only receive lessons from their parents or for a few years from priests and sisters of the Catholic Church. Mary Nichols' visit to a Friars Point, Mississippi plantation is briefly documented in the scrapbook.
Bennett, Ella Costillo; Scrapbooking.
"Scrapbook, ephemera and writings, Mary L. Nichols, 1859-1947" (2023). Documents. 8.