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Larz Anderson's Journals

From his early childhood, Larz Anderson loved to sketch the world around him. The habit continued throughout his adult years, taking the form of witty cartoons in addition to verbal depictions of his everyday life. But as a wealthy globe-trotting diplomat who lived through some of the most dynamic periods in American history, Larz's everyday life was extraordinary. He recorded his experiences through the boom years of industrialization, the devastation of World War I, the long years of prohibition, and the Great Depression. As time went by these accounts filled thirty-eight typed volumes—journals in a series titled "Some Scraps" that chronicle Larz's life after his graduation from Harvard University in 1888 until the year before his death in 1937.

In 1891 at the age of twenty-five, Larz began a diplomatic career as second secretary under Robert Todd Lincoln, ambassador to the United Kingdom—his third volume of journals, "Days in and Out of London," tells of his experiences there. At his first official function he was delighted to find "powdered and liveried footmen, just as Du Maurier draws them in Punch." Ever having an eye for detail, Larz enjoyed capturing the dress, manners, and entertainments at such social functions in his journals. He was promoted to a position at the consulate in Rome in 1894, and it was there Larz met his future wife, Isabel Weld Perkins, in 1896. Unfortunately there are no journals during this period, but the series resumes in 1897 to memorialize their wedding trip. Read More<

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