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"A Line A Day" diary that Marie Ahnighito Peary wrote in, between 1917 and 1921, with the bulk of the entries from 1918-1921. During this busy time in her life, she married Ted (Edward Stafford), gave birth to two sons - Junior (Edward Stafford, Jr.) and Buddy (Peary Diebitsch Stafford), and lost her father (Admiral Robert E. Peary). The diary chronicles her daily life for those 4-5 years, as well as brief mentions of newsworthy world events, including the 1918 flu pandemic and World War I.

Her diary includes the following people and places:

  • Mother - her mother, Josephine Peary
  • Dad - her father, Robert E. Peary
  • Ted - husband, Edward Stafford
  • Junior, or JuJu - firstborn son, Edward Stafford, Jr.
  • Buddy - second son, Peary Diebitsch Stafford
  • Tante - Marie Flora Diebitsch, her aunt, Josephine's younger sister
  • Grossy - Maria Schmidt Diebitsch, her grandmother, Josephine's mother
  • Madge - Madge Diebitsch Holt, her cousin
  • Rob, or Kid - her younger brother, Robert Peary, Jr.
  • Miss Wiggin - appears to be household help/nanny?
  • Emily - Emily Stueart, her lifelong friend
  • Mrs. Steuart - Emily's mother
  • Miss Rupli - her French tutor
  • Uncle - Emil Diebitsch, her maternal uncle
  • Aunt Bobby - Roberta Waterson Diebitsch, Emil's wife
  • Judge - Justice Wendell Phillips Stafford, her father-in-law
  • Mrs. S. - Florence Sinclair Stafford, her mother-in-law
  • Harry Semmes - Ted's friend from Dartmouth
  • Helen - Helen Kahle Pickhardt - lifelong friend
  • Marden - Aaron Marden, caretaker on Eagle Island
  • Mary Rafter - lifelong friend
  • Pape - Martha Percy, the Peary's cook
  • Robert Nash - friend of the family
  • Everett Chambers - rooming house in Portland where the Peary family stayed
  • Eagle Island - island in Casco Bay off the coast of Maine, site of the Peary's retirement home, now a historic site



Object ID







diary, Marie Peary, World War I, WWI, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maine, Eagle Island


United States History | Women's History

Location of Original

Maine Women Writers Collection

Physical Description of Original

diary, 15 x 13 cm


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1917-1921 diary
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