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Sarah Frances Smiley diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-074

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two original, handwritten diaries of Sarah Frances Smiley. The first diary is dated the summer of 1857 and the second is dated 1859. Entries describe Quaker meetings, Smiley’s ongoing struggles with her religious conviction, and her dedication to God.


  • Creation: 1857-1859


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Sarah Frances Smiley was born in Vassalboro, Maine. She was brought up among Quakers, became convinced, and joined the Friends at an unknown date. In 1866, she was recorded a minister. Smiley wrote an evangelical essay, “Who is He? An appeal to those who regard with any doubt the name of Jesus. . .” in 1868. She withdrew from Friends, resigned her membership, and received water baptism in New York in 1872, though she did not join another denomination. Sarah Frances Smiley died in 1917, at about 87.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography


0.083 linear ft. (2 volumes)

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Sarah Frances Smiley was a Quaker minister. Her diary entries describe Quaker meetings, ongoing struggles with her religious conviction, and her dedication to God.



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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.

Sarah Frances Smiley diary, 1857-1859
Kara Flynn
July, 2015
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