Maud Rittenhouse Diary, 1881-1895
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Brief Description: Diary of Maud Rittenhouse of Cairo, Illinois. As a member of a prominent family of the town, the diary records in great detail Maud's family and social life, beginning in 1881 at age 16 and continues through her marriage in 1895, after which she left Cairo.
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Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
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MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
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Record Series Number: 1/6/MSS 305
Created by: Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud (b. 1864)
Volume: 0.5 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note for Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud (b. 1864) : Isabella Maud Rittenhouse, teacher, writer, was born October 29, 1864 in Cairo, IL to Wood and Laura J. (Arter) Rittenhouse. Maud was the only daughter with four brothers, Wood Arter, Harry H., Fred M. and Robin C. Rittenhouse. Maud kept a diary during her growing up years and in 1939 it was published. In a review of 1939 American Literature, which was originally published in Collier's Year Book, it is stated: "Maud, diaries from 1881 to 1895 of Isabella Maud Rittenhouse, edited by R. Strout from personal journals of a typical enterprising young woman living in Cairo, Ill. between 1882 and 1895 and giving her life and loves to her diary in violet ink and in detail delightful to the student of the times; this immense volume at once caught popular fancy."
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Cairo (Ill.) - History
Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud, b. 1864.
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Richard Lee Strout  Gift.
Related Publications:

Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud, Strout Richard L. (1939) Maud. New York, The Macmillian Company. (copies available in SCRC)

Jones, Johnetta, "The Cairo of Maud Rittenhouse," ICarbS  3 (1) 1976: 74-85

PreferredCitation: [Item], Maud Rittenhouse Diary, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.