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W.M. Wills Home Front Diaries

Date range: 1903-1919.

15 volumes of manuscript diaries of Winifred Myers Wills, a member of the wealthy tobacco family.

The pre-war diaries detail the routine of a well-off family in England and the United States, with comments on events in the wider world, such as the San Francisco earthquake and the sinking of the Titanic.

During the First World War the volumes document the participation of members of the family in the conflict, and they constitute a rare record of home life during the war.

The diaries are interspersed with photographs, newspaper cuttings, letters and postcards.

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