Special Collections Department
Clinton Osborne Houghton Diaries
Manuscript Collection Number: 376
Accessioned: Gift of the Frederick C. Houghton Estate, October 1990.
Extent: 34 items.
Content: Diaries and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1998 by Arthur Siegel
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Frederick Houghton, referred to as "C" in the diaries, attended the University of Delaware, graduating with a B.S. in 1925, and continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an A.M. in 1927. While at Pennsylvania, he was an assistant in botany for the 1925-26 academic year, and during the following academic year he was an instructor of biology at Temple University. When he graduated, he too became a professor of biology at the University of Delaware. He was a member of many of the same professional and social organizations as his father, including the Newark Country Club.
As suggested by the diary entries, and confirmed by the Newark City Directory, both father and son lived in the same residence at 227 W. Main Street in Newark. By 1961, however, they had moved to 111 Cheltenham Road, in Newark. Clinton O. Houghton died sometime in late 1969 or early 1970, and Frederick C. Houghton continued to live on Cheltenham Road until his own death in 1990.
Sources:R.L. Polk & Co. Newark City Directory. 22 vols. Richmond: R.L. Polk & Co., 1961-1982.
Who's Who in Delaware: A Biographical Dictionary of Delaware's Leading Men and Women. ed. Seth Harmon. Philadelphia: The National Biographical Society, 1932.
Note: Historical and biographical information obtained from the collection
Scope and Content Note
By the 1920s Houghton must have been semi-retired, or at least curtailed his teaching activity considerably, because there were many weeks when he played golf practically every day. Indeed, the diaries seem to center around his passion for the sport. Several of the diaries contain newspaper clippings inlaid between the pages, all of which concern news of golf tournaments at the Newark Country Club.
Diaries, 1905, 1923-40 (19 items) The diaries were manufactured by several different companies. The diary from 1905 was made by the New England Life Insurance Company, those from 1923-1928 by the B.G. Pratt Company, and those from 1935-1940 by the National Blank Book Company. Those from 1923-1928 were also all inscribed with "C.O. Houghton" on the front cover. Several of the diaries contain newspaper clippings, ephemera, and golf schedules from the Newark Country Club. The only way to date the clippings is by the diary in which they are found, and so they have not been removed. The remaining in-laid material can be dated, and has been placed in a separate folder. Houghton's entries were written in pencil, and consist of personal information and notes, daily schedules, and often-detailed information about the weather. 1 F1 1905 A black, leather-bound diary manufactured by the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston, Mass. 1923 A green, leather-bound diary that is inscribed "C.O. Houghton" on the front cover. On the back cover is the manufacturer's inscription: "Scalecide / The Tree Saver / B.G. Pratt Company / 50 Church St. / New York City, U.S.A." Entries from July 17 to August 29 only, during which time he was on a vacation to Potsdam, New York. He provides a detailed record of his movements, and the distances he traveled. F2 1924 A green, leather-bound diary, with entries for the month of August only. At the end of the diary is a one-page list of fish that he caught during that month. 1925 A green, leather-bound diary. Entries from June to September, with one page of notes at the back of the book. F3 1926-1927 A 1926 diary used for August to December 1926, and January to July 1927. On the inside front cover is what may be a teaching schedule of Frederick C. Houghton at Temple University. Bound in green leather. 1927 A 1920 diary used to record events in 1927. Entries from the end of July to the end of December. Bound in green leather. F4 1928 A 1922 diary used for January to August 1928, with a list of expenses at the back. Also included is a newspaper clipping relating a low golf score achieved by F.C. Houghton. Bound in green leather. 1929 A red, leather-bound diary, which is inscribed "National Diary 1929" on the front cover. On the title page is written in ink, "Merry Christmas to Clinton from Adelaide." Includes three newspaper clippings. F5 1930 A black, leather-bound diary with "The National Diary" on the title page. 1931 "National Diary 1931" inscribed on the front cover, and includes two newspaper clippings. Bound in red leather. F6 1932 "National Diary 1932" inscribed on the front cover, and includes three clippings. Bound in red leather. 1933 "National Diary 1933" inscribed on the front cover, with a financial account on the back pages. Bound in red leather. 2 F7 1934 "National Diary 1934" inscribed on the front cover, and includes three clippings. Bound in red leather. 1935 On the title page is printed "Excelsior Diary for 1935," manufactured by the National Blank Book Company of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Includes a financial account at the end of the diary, as well as one newspaper clipping. Bound in red leather. F8 1936 "Excelsior Diary for 1936," includes a receipt from the post office. Bound in red leather. 1937 "Excelsior Diary for 1937," includes a newspaper clipping and an advertisement for Christmas Seals. Bound in red leather. F9 1938 "Excelsior Diary for 1938," includes a newspaper clipping. Bound in red leather. 1939 "Excelsior Diary for 1939," includes an Easter Seals stamp which is pasted on the title page. Bound in red leather. F10 1940 "Excelsior Diary for 1940," includes a newspaper clipping, and an advertisement card from the Arm & Hammer "Useful Birds of America" series, #3. Bound in red leather. F11 Ephemera, 1928-1940 (15 items) - U.S. postage rate schedules for 1928 and 1932 - Golf schedules from the Newark Country Club (1929-1931, 1933, 1935 & 1937) - Newark Country Club membership card for C.O. Houghton (12 Feb to 31 Jul 1935) - Post office receipt (20 Apr 1936) - Receipt for a bowling ball, ordered from the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. (23 Dec 1936) - Ticket for a bowling match between the Rosatto-Barry All Stars and the City Alleys (13 Feb 1937) - Preferential guest card from the Woodstock (a hotel in New York City), for Clinton O. Houghton (1939) - Receipt from the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America for a subscription (31 Jan 1940) - Business card of J.K. Tyson, employee of First State Motors
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