The collection consists primarily of Jennie’s diaries covering the years of her widowhood (1925-1942) when she was 66-84 years of age.

Her days were filled with routine activities such as reading the newspaper, listening to the radio including news of the world, walking downtown for shopping, sewing, visiting with friends, reading, writing letters, and attending to household duties. She writes of the lives of her two sons.

She also frequently notes the impact of the Depression on local people and those coming to her door to sell something or beg for work or food. The collection also includes three notebooks she kept as DAR registrar, a registrar’s report (1920), and notes on the Roman Empire.