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Maud Rittenhouse Diary


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Title: Maud Rittenhouse Diary, 1881-1895Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 305

Primary Creator: Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud (b. 1864)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Cairo (Ill.) - History, Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud, b. 1864.

Forms of Material: Diaries.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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."

Subject/Index Terms

Cairo (Ill.) - History
Rittenhouse, Isabella Maud, b. 1864.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain he complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Richard Lee Strout

Acquisition Method: 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

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

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