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Charles L. Hedden Diary

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Nwk Hedden-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Includes folded budget of C. M. Hedden Company, Newark hat manufacturer.

Entries in diary include daily activities, law work, some travel etc. Diary written when Charles was age 29-32 (depending on date of birth sometimes listed 1889 or 1890).

Typical entries:

"Friday spent all morning at office and downtown home for lunch and search for books and library card, whole afternoon at Public Library reading History and Anthropology and Commerce"

"Tuesday slaved all morning till 2:30 getting out affidavits in Gerber v. Gerber. Then sat around Foster's Chambers till 3:30 before getting chance to be heard - Foster denied temporary alimony and counsel fee - conferences in office till 6:30"

"Thursday rose late talk w. Clarence Leonora ill again. Talk with mother re financial matters - tthen worked on (?) booklists etc. to NY in afternoon - shopped at Wan. and browsed round book shop - home again for late summer and talk till 9:30, everybody tired - did some work - read Second Book of Mid. Verse till 1".


  • 1919 - 1921


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Leslie Hedden was born in Newark Jan 1, 1889 or 1890 to Clarence Myers Hedden (born in Orange) and Nellie Frances Hedden (nee Hamilton, born in Massachusetts). His father ran C. M. Hedden and Co., a hat manufacturer, but died in 1904 when Charles was about 14. Charles was 5th of 9 siblings.

Charles attended Williams College in Williamsburg, Va and received an A. M. from Harvard in 1913.

Charles became a lawyer, and lived with his family at 335 13th Avenue from at least 1910-1930.

After the death of his mother in 1933 and his sister in 1940, he married Emily Prach, also of Newark. An article from The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) reveals they were married in Cedar Rapids at the home of a former classmate of Mr. Hedden on July 3, 1942. The article states they were moving to New York City after the marriage.

No further information is available, though a family tree on suggests at least one descendant.


1 Volumes (1 volume in 1 half-Hollinger box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Delware County Historical Association.

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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States