Gertrude Plaisted was born on June 29, 1890, in Augusta, Maine. Her parents were Mabel and Harris Plaisted. Harris served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1875 to 1877, and was governor of Maine from 1881 to 1883. When Harris died in 1898, Mabel and Gertrude, who was then seven years old, decided to take a trip to Europe. This journey produced many of the photographs featured in this collection. In addition to her childhood trip to Europe, Gertrude also spent time living in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, and Kentucky. Gertrude was trained as a secretary, and she held diverse secretarial positions throughout her life, including jobs at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, the Bank of New York, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, the Luther Gulick Camps, and as assistant to Frederick Parkhurst and Percival Baxter—two governors of Maine. Gertrude spent the end of her life at the Hillhouse Convalescent Home in West Bath, which is where she produced the brief autobiography found in this collection. She died on March 15, 1985.