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Loanda Augustina Lake Warren diaries

Call Number: RH MS 1545


This collection consists of two volumes of diaries from Loanda Augustina (Lake) Warren, one from 1879-1880 when she lived with her husband in Olathe, Kansas; and one from 1893-1895 when she had moved back to upstate New York after his death. The collection also includes transcriptions of the 1879-1880 diary and a letter dating from 1884.


  • Creation: 1879-1880, 1884, 1893-1895


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Loanda Augustina (Lake) Warren (1831-1896)

Loanda Augustina Lake was born in 1831, the daughter of Luther (1790-1851) and Lucenda or Lucina Lake. Her father had been born in New Hampshire or Vermont and moved at some point to Chautauqua County, New York. The manuscript dealer from whom Spencer Research Library staff purchased the diaries believed that Loanda Lake was of Seneca descent, although on every census record available she is listed as white.

According to obituary and census information, Lake married Addison Woods Warren in 1877 in Hammonton, New Jersey, where she was working as a housekeeper. Warren had been born around 1817 in New York State. They moved to Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas and resided there until his death in 1889.

Loanda Warren moved back to upstate New York after the death of her husband, spending most of her time in Chautauqua, Charlotte's Center, and near Fredonia, NY. She died December 31, 1896, at the home of her nephew Luther Cross (1837-1913) and was buried in Charlotte Center with her family.

[Information retrieved from census records,, and dealer description.]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Warren was meticulous in writing in her diary on a daily basis. Typical topics include the weather, meals prepared and eaten, other daily activities, visitors and with whom she visited, reading material, health and illnesses, her emotional state, etc. Warren kept singing birds and frequently had cats as companions as well. Addison Warren, when he was alive, and later Loanda Warren frequently made "gems" for breakfast, or small muffins or cakes typically using graham flour, which was whole wheat flour rather than white flour.

The 1879-1880 diary includes daily mentions of Warren's husband, who had given her the diary as a Christmas present in 1878. She typically refers to him as "A." or "Dearie." That diary also includes daily mentions of outdoor temperatures, numbers of eggs from their chickens, and frequent mentions of working at the "shop" in Olathe. (Warren appears to have done cobbling amongst other work, in addition to his farming.)

The 1893-1895 diary is very similar in topical coverage, while also including occasional descriptions of dreams about her dead mother and husband. This notebook is written in two directions; Warren used the back sides of the pages to write her 1894-1895 diary entries in reverse to the 1893 entries, as well as being upside down. Some individuals who appear frequently in this diary include a "Vesta" and "Mr. and Mrs. K," as well as Mrs. [Bouquin]. Warren often uses initials rather than full names when writing about other people.

Physical Location

RH MS 1545

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, M. Benjamin Katz, 2021.

Guide to the Loanda Augustina Warren Collection
Loanda Augustina Lake Warren diaries
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Loanda Augustina Lake Warren diaries, RH MS 1545, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States