Gabrielle Josephine Crofton diariesCreation: 1917-1926
Gabrielle Crofton (1873-1952) was the daughter of Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick (1835-1894) and Robert Erskine Anderson Crofton (1834-1898), and the great-granddaughter of Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), a prominent French American diplomat and businessman. The collection consists of two diaries, dating from 1917 to 1926, and reflect the leisured life of a middle-class, unmarried woman in the first quarter of the twentieth century United States.
- Creation: 1917-1926
Gabrielle Josephine Crofton (1873-1952) was the daughter of Gabrielle Josephine Shubrick (1835-1894) and Robert Erskine Anderson Crofton (1834-1898), and the great-granddaughter of Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), a prominent French American diplomat and businessman. Her father was an army officer and the family traveled frequently to various posts. Crofton resided in Washington, D.C. when these diaries were written.
Crofton had four siblings: Julia du Pont Crofton (1866-1948), Maude Crofton (1868-1903), William Moore Crofton (1871-1907), and Mary Ethel Crofton Hunt (1875-1962). Gabrielle Josephine Crofton never married.
Scope and Contents
Two diaries belonging to Gabrielle Crofton (1873-1952). The diaries reflect the leisured life of a middle-class unmarried woman. Crofton recorded activities such as attending church and movies, playing cards, walking, visiting, and dining with friends and family. She also knitted items for soldiers during World War I.
The two diaries cover the years from 1917 to 1926. The later diary includes one program from a 1922 graduation ceremony at Georgetown Visitation Convent, a Catholic school for girls whose graduating class that year included Ethel Crofton Hunt (1902-1972), the daughter of Gabrielle Josephine Crofton's sister, Mary Ethel Crofton Hunt (1875-1962).
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