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PAGE, Edward, 1787-1867.
Commonplace book, 1825-1876.
1 v.
Methodist circuit rider of the Philadelphia and N.J. conferences, serving variously in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and N.J. (Gloucester, Cumberland, Camden, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon and Warren Counties); lived in several southern N.J. localities, finally (from ca. 1852) at Trenton. His daughter Mary removed in 1874 from Flemington, N.J., to Trenton.
Commonplace book containing records of marriages performed, 1825-1838 and 1842-1864; sermon outlines, from 1844; hymn texts; verse; and medical receipts and treatments. Later entries in the volume were made by Page's daughter Mary Ferguson Southwick (who was married to Philip R.V. Southwick) and include a diary, eclectic verse and prose, formulas and medical receipts. The diary, January 1-May 26, 1872 (with four later entries through January 18, 1876), consists of irregular, generally full entries reflecting the activities of a pious Flemington homemaker.
PASSAIC HOME AND ORPHAN ASYLUM (N.J.). ASSOCIATION.
Records, 1882-1978.
10 cubic ft. (10 cartons).
Act of incorporation and by-laws, 1884, 1915, 1933 and 1958; minutes of the board of governors, 1884-1901 and 1906-1969, and of the auxiliary, 1897-1952, including supporting documentation; registers of inmates, 1896-1961, including annual reports of the registrar; inmate case files; treasurer's accounts, 1893-1914, 1917-1924 and 1941-1956; roll call books, 1898-1932, including lists of visitors; payroll accounts, 1927-1928 and 1951-1960; minutes of the garden committee, 1914-1916; donation books, 1895-1929, 1933-1934 and 1938-1962; petty cash books, 1933-1935 and 1960-1962; and other records, 1882-1978, consisting largely of publications, scrapbooks, miscellaneous correspondence and photographs.
Restricted in part.
Container list available.
PELL, Orlie, 1900-
Papers, ca. 1920-1973.
25 cubic ft. (25 cartons).
Peace activist; born in 1900; received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1930; joined the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (then based in Washington, D.C.) in 1948 and later served as its president, 1957-1961; moved in 1961 to Hunterdon County, N.J. (where she had co-owned a house in Raritan Township, near Flemington, since 1938); served as president of the League of Women Voters of Hunterdon County, 1966-1967; served as a director of SANE, Inc.; died in 1975. Full name: Orlie Anna Haggerty Pell.
Correspondence and other papers reflecting Pell's interest in pacifism, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the United Nations and the League of Women Voters of Hunterdon County, N.J.
Container list available.
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PHILAGALEAN SOCIETY OF NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.
Minute book, 1881 Jan. 10-Nov. 28.
1 v. (35 p.)
Social club composed of young people (both women and men) who assembled to play card games, dance and sing; met weekly (except in summer); held its meetings at the homes of women members.
Record book containing a constitution (with subscribers' names) and minutes.
PIERSON, William, 1796-1882.
Obstetrical register, 1827 Dec. 5-1861 Mar. 23.
1 v.
Physician, city and county official and N.J. state legislator, of Orange, N.J.
Obstetrical register in which each entry includes the case number, date of birth, father's name, sex of the child, "nature of the labour by class and order according to Dr. Denman's arrangement" and an indication whether or not the child was stillborn. A few entries include additional notations ranging in length from a single word to an entire case history.
Publication: Pierson, William, "A Statistical Report of Obstetrical Practice. . . .," The Rise, Minutes, and Proceedings of the New Jersey Medical Society, Established July 23rd, 1766 (1875), p. 655-657.
PLACE, Anna Miller Newkirk, 1841-1918.
Papers, 1887-1918 (bulk 1909-1918).
4 v.
Daughter of Thompson and Sarah Cordelia (Miller) Newkirk; married James W. Barker in 1859 and James Keyes Place in 1872.
Travel journal, May 28, 1909-January 18, 1910, concerning a voyage from New York to Queenstown (Ireland?) and travel in the British Isles, France and other places. Also a diary, January 1, 1912-June 29, 1918, kept while she was living with her daughter Cordelia and son-in-law Robert C. Eddy, a physician, in New Rochelle, New York. The diary contains references to Place's visits (sometimes extended) to her daughters in New York City, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Pittsburgh.
Accompanying Place's travel journal and diary is another diary, January 1, 1887-January 8, 1888, which was kept by her mother Sarah Cordelia (Miller) Newkirk (1817-1897) while living with two sons and a young daughter-in-law near Spokane, Washington. This diary at first describes the hardships of farm life. In September 1887, oppressed by her domestic situation, Newkirk moved to the Philadelphia area to live with others of her children.
POTTER, Ellen Culver, 1871-1958.
Papers, 1932-1957.
1.33 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Physician and social worker; was graduated from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylavania in 1903; served as a government administrator in both Pennsylvania (eventually becoming the Secretary of Welfare and the first woman to hold a state cabinet post) and N.J. (eventually becoming the Deputy Commissioner in charge of welfare in the Department of Institutions and Agencies).
Correspondence, reports, publications and other papers created and collected primarily while a member of the Commission on Chronic Illness (and as a member of groups in N.J. addressing the same topic), while concerned about the mission and administration of the American Association of Social Workers (as a member of the New Jersey Chapter who had formerly served as a national board member) and while involved in the founding of the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University (as chairperson of the new school's planning committee).
Additional Ellen Culver Potter papers are available in the Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MADISON (N.J.)
Records, 1747-1935.
2 microfilm reels.
Parish minutes; session minutes; accounts and other financial documents; list of members; marriage records; burial records; baptismal records; list of trustees; accounts, 1814-1815, of the Female Charitable Society; minutes, 1879-1899, of the Ladies Missionary Society; Sunday school roll; and church histories.
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QUIET HOUR CLUB (Metuchen, N.J.)
Records, 1895-1982.
2 cubic ft. (2 cartons).
Women's club organized in 1895, largely through the efforts of Hester M. Poole; formed "to bring together the women in Metuchen, N.J., for mental culture, social intercourse, and a sympathetic understanding of whatever women are doing along the best lines of progress."
Minutes, 1895-1979; treasurer's books, 1918-1962; yearbooks, 1899-1979; constitution and by-laws, 1924, 1939, 1955, 1967, 1982 and undated; manuscripts of papers delivered; and miscellaneous other records, including correspondence, clippings and photographs. Also includes sheet music.
Publication: Klawunn, Margaret, "The 'New Women' of Suburbia: A Study of the Quiet Hour Club of Metuchen, New Jersey from 1895-1899," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, XLVI (1984): 91-100.
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RANCOCAS PREPARATIVE MEETING (Society of Friends : 1776-1827)
Records, 1775-1835.
35 items (2 folders).
Subscription lists, membership lists, extracts from the minutes of the Philadelphia yearly meeting and epistles from the women's meeting of the London yearly meeting.
READINGTON REFORMED CHURCH (N.J.)
Records, 1719-1959.
2 microfilm reels: negative.
Organized in 1719 as North Branch Reformed Church; changed its name to Readington Reformed Church in 1737.
Consistory minutes, 1721-1796 and 1827-1939; accounts, 1849-1925; scattered membership records; baptismal records, 1720-1958; marriage records, 1833-1853 and 1871-1959; death records, 1834-1959; a history; and an anniversary scrapbook. Also included are minutes of the Ladies' Missionary Society, 1875-1901, and minutes for the Raritan Valley "Great Consistory," as well as information about the area surrounding Readington.
REDDING, William Foster, b. 1860.
Papers, 1834-1953 (bulk 1937-1953).
.66 cubic ft. (2 boxes).
Farmer, of Morris, Hunterdon and Warren Counties in N.J.
Personal and family papers, among which are photograph albums, 1901-ca. 1908, of his spouse (Gertrude L. Hopwood) and a commonplace book, 1834-1838, of his grandmother (Mary Frances Redding, nee Foster), evidently a resident of Boston, Massachusetts.
REITMAN, Alan.
Papers, 1941-1991.
7 cubic ft. (7 cartons).
Civil liberties writer, researcher and advocate; was graduated from Rutgers University in 1942 and then studied at New York University; joined the staff of the C.I.O. Political Action Committee in 1944 and subsequently served the organization as director of public relations, 1946-1948; joined the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1949 and served as publicity director, 1949, director of public relations, 1950-1951, assistant director, 1951-1957, and associate executive director, 1957-1989.
Papers, consisting chiefly of Reitman's speeches and writings from throughout his career. Among the items present is a mimeographed essay by Mary McLeod Bethune ("Low Wage Scales Force Negro Women to Work" included in v. II). This essay was distributed in November 1945 by the Congress of Industrial Organizations as part of a drive "to raise the standard of living for all Americans through increasing purchasing power." Among the correspondents represented in Reitman's papers are Eleanor Roosevelt (a 1949 thank-you note with a secretarial signature included in v. XIII) and Margaret Sanger (a brief 1952 letter concerning a prospective trip to Asia included in v. XII).
REYNOLDS, Mary Ann Guest, 1797-1855.
Travel journal, 1817 Sept. 29-Oct. 13.
1 item (7 pages).
Photostatic copy.
Daughter of Moses Guest; married Sacket Reynolds.
Travel journal concerning Reynolds' move from New Brunswick, N.J., to Cincinnati with her sisters and parents. She describes leaving their home, proceeding to Philadelphia where they embarked "in a Pennsylvania Ship, as they are called by some, drawn by 5 stately horses" and traveling through the Pennsylvania counties of Philadelphia, Chester, Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin. Her narrative ends at Strawsburg (Strasburg).
RICHARDS, Lizzie.
Student notebook, 1879.
1 v.
College student; attended the New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, N.J. (later Trenton State College and now the College of New Jersey).
Notebook, begun in October 1879, recording lectures relating to pedagogy. Among the topics represented are mathematics and geography.
RIDGWAY FAMILY.
Papers, 1797-1899 (bulk 1834-1884).
.2 cubic ft. (1 box).
Residents of Burlington, N.J.; included William Ridgway (1755-1833), a Quaker, among whose children were Elizabeth Ridgway (1794-1843), the spouse of William Bishop (b. 1798), and Deborah D. Ridgway (1797-1834).
Papers, including poetry, 1828 and undated, a copy of a letter, 1797, and estate papers, 1834, for William Ridgway; an estate inventory, 1843, for Miriam Ridgway (William Ridgway's sister?); papers, 1835-1836 and 1847-1884, of Elizabeth Ridgway and her husband William Bishop; estate papers, 1834-1835, for Deborah D. Ridgway; and undated miscellaneous verse and a later copy of a 1773 deed.
Most of the verse written by William Ridgway depicts him as an elderly man who is weary and possessed of various afflictions. Some of the poems make generalizations about women; others allude to his spouse (presumably Mary Thomas, whom he married after the death of his first wife).
The papers of William and Elizabeth (Ridgway) Bishop consist of a "Memorandum of Furniture purchased for house keeping . . . 1835 & 1836," three invitations, 1833-1871, a "Memmorandum [sic] of Papers deposited . . ." in a Burlington bank, 1851, an undated draft of Elizabeth's will and annual lists, 1847-1884, of William's assets and liabilities.
ROBBINS, Lena Anthony, d. 1945.
Papers, 1917-1945.
1.2 cubic ft. (3 boxes).
Suffragist, clubwoman and officer of the New Jersey League of Women Voters; born in Colorado in the late 1870s; grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska; was graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1901; married journalist Leonard H. Robbins (b. 1877) in 1901 and soon thereafter moved to Newark, N.J.; subsequently moved to Montclair, N.J., where the couple raised two children; participated in several women's organizations before the early 1920s, including the Women's Political Union of New Jersey (as a board member?), the Newark, N.J., club known as the Contemporary (as president, 1917-1919) and the College Women's Club of Essex County (also as president); served as chairperson of legislation, 1925-1928, for the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs and worked actively on a variety of issues such as child labor reform, adoption of eugenic sterilization, establishment of a U.S. Department of Education and U.S. entry into the World Court; served as secretary, 1927-1932, of the New Jersey Committee of the Woman's National Committee for Law Enforcement, which worked to ensure that laws relating to Prohibition were enforced; was appointed in 1928 to serve (as the only woman) on a commission to examine the relationship between Rutgers University and the state of N.J.; served as vice president, 1930-1935, as president, 1935-1942, and then as director of national legislation of the New Jersey League of Women Voters which, during her years in office, assumed a leadership role in the movement to revise the state constitution, worked to reduce political patronage and lobbied for increased use of voting machines; attended the Woman's Centennial Congress held in New York City in 1940 as a delegate from N.J.; served as chairperson, economic and legal status of women, 1943-1945, of the New Jersey Division of the American Association of University Women; died in 1945.
Organizations files pertaining to Robbins' participation in the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (materials dated 1920 and 1925-1931), a N.J. Commission on Rutgers and the State University (materials dated 1928-1930), the New Jersey Committee of the Woman's National Committee for Law Enforcement (materials dated 1926-1932), the New Jersey League of Women Voters (materials dated 1919-1922 and 1937-1942) and the New Jersey State Division of the American Association of University Women (materials dated 1939-1945), together with miscellaneous other papers, most of which also pertain to Robbins' interest in or activities on behalf of various women's groups. Correspondence and press clippings make up the bulk of the papers, but legislative bills (some annotated), speeches (given by Robbins), publications (including meeting and convention programs for events such as the Woman's Centennial Congress) and a small collection of buttons and ribbons (received as a poll worker and as a convention attendee) are also present, as are materials (notes, correspondence, questionnaires, etc.) from a 1925 "Get-Out-The-Vote" contest conducted among members of the state's women's clubs.
Among the correspondents represented in the papers are Carrie Chapman Catt (1 form letter : 1940), Mabel S. Douglass (1 letter : 1928?) and Thelma Parkinson Sharp (2 letters : 1943).
Finding aid available.
ROEBLING, Mary G. (Mary Gindhart), 1905-1994.
Papers, 1897-1994 (bulk 1937-1994).
98 cubic ft. (94 cartons, 1 oversize box and 3 v.).
Banker, philanthropist, member of government councils and advocate of equal opportunity and equal pay for women; born in N.J. in 1905, the eldest child of Isaac Dare Gindhart, Jr. (president of Keystone & Eastern Telephone Company), and Mary W. (Simon) Gindhart (a musician); married Arthur Herbert (d. 1924), a relative of Victor Herbert, in 1921; after the death of her first husband, worked as a secretary at a Philadelphia brokerage house; attended evening classes at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business where she studied merchandising and business administration; was promoted to "customer's woman" at the brokerage house; became a financial advisor to Siegfried Roebling (1890-1936), a grandson of Washington A. Roebling and head of the Trenton Trust Company, whom she married in 1931; following the death of her second husband, accepted the presidency of the Trenton Trust Company in 1937 during the Great Depression (at a time when some expected the bank to fail), becoming the first woman to head a major U.S. bank; subsequently attended classes at New York University, in order to improve her knowledge of finance and banking practices, and studied law with a private tutor; became chairman of the board of the Trenton Trust Company in 1941; significantly increased the bank's deposits by adding drive-in banking, by establishing a railroad station branch for use by commuters and by introducing innovative public relations practices (e.g., holding "financial teas" for wealthy women, making meeting rooms available for use by community groups, sponsoring art shows in the bank and employing professional window dressers before other banks adopted the practice); served as chairman of the board of National State Bank (which in 1972 absorbed the Trenton Trust Company), 1972-1984; also served as chairman of the board of the newly-formed Women's Bank, N.A. (headquartered in Denver, Colorado), 1978-1983; participated in numerous local, state and national organizations, especially groups which reflected her belief in the free enterprise system (e.g., as a director of various companies, as the first woman governor of the American Stock Exchange and as a trustee of the United States Council of the International Chamber of Commerce), her sense of civic duty (e.g., as a member of local government authorities, such as the Trenton Parking Authority, of numerous state councils and commissions, such as the N.J. Unemployment Compensation Commission and the State Investment Council, and as a member of federal committees, task forces and councils, such as the Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women), her support for a strong military (e.g., as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and of the Advisory Board of the Association of the United States Army), her concern for equal pay and equal opportunity for women (e.g., as a speaker on this topic before various groups), her sense of corporate responsibility to society (e.g., as a board member and/or financial contributor for numerous cultural, social and medical causes and institutions such as the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey State Museum, the Woods Schools and Residential Treatment Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society), her support of Republican Party ideology (e.g., as a delegate to the 1960 Republican National Convention) and her religious beliefs (e.g., as a member of All Saints Guild of Trenton's [Episcopal] Trinity Cathedral, as a supporter of the New Jersey Conference of Christians and Jews and as a member of the lay committee of the National Council of Churches); received numerous awards during her lifetime from voluntary organizations, universities and governments; resided in Trenton, N.J., but for many years also maintained a home in Palm Beach, Florida; died in 1994.
Biographical and publicity files, 1937-1994; appointment diaries, 1964-1993; speeches, 1937-1994, many of which were delivered to women's organizations; speech materials, 1919(1937)-1994, including files relating to women; personal files, 1935(1960)-1994, including correspondence with prominent political and business leaders; organizations files, 1941-1994, usually relating to groups in which Roebling played a significant role; general files, 1949-1990; military files, 1951-1994, including documentation of her work as a civilian active in promoting a strong military; patriotic society and genealogical files, 1947-1971; New Jersey State Investment Council files, 1950-1956; Richard M. Nixon files, 1963-1994, including correspondence with Nixon and members of his family, plus collected materials relating to Nixon and his presidential library; Women's Bank files, 1976-1994, relating to the bank's founding and operation; photographs, 1902(1938)-1993, many of which include Roebling; and scrapbooks, 1939-1946 and 1968-1969, pertaining to Roebling's personal and professional life.
Among the women correspondents represented in the papers are Helen F. Boehm, Betty Cahill (N.J. governor's spouse), Joan Crawford, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Katherine Graham, Clare Boothe Luce, Pearle Mesta, Helen Meyner (N.J. governor's spouse), Pat Nixon, Masako Ohya, LaRae Orullian (president of the Women's Bank, N.A.) and Eleanor Steber, as well as Eva Perón (whom Roebling met once in Argentina).
Restricted in part.
Finding aid available, including an online version.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
ROEBLING FAMILY.
Papers, 1821-1955.
ca. 14 cubic ft.
Papers of the Roebling family include correspondence and other papers of Emily (Warren) Roebling (1843-1903) and Margaret Shippen (McIlvaine) Roebling (1867-1930).
Papers of Emily Roebling include letters received, 1864-1903 and undated, which consist chiefly of Civil War letters from her future husband Washington A. Roebling (1837-1926). Letters written by Emily Roebling (from Trenton, N.J., and elsewhere) appear in the papers in the correspondence of her husband Washington A. Roebling, in the correspondence of her brother-in-law Ferdinand W. Roebling and in the correspondence of her son John A. Roebling II (1867-1952). Photographs of Emily Roebling are also included in the collection.
Papers of Margaret Roebling, who was the spouse of John A. Roebling II, include letters received, 1895-1926 and undated.
Forms part of the repository's Roebling collection, which also includes company records.
Draft finding aid available.
Publication: Weigold, Marilyn E. Silent Builder: Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge (1984).
Additional Roebling family papers are available in the Roebling Collection at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
RUE, Mary Holmes, 1844-1923.
Diary, 1876 June 12-1879 Sept. 3.
1 v.
Resident of Upper Freehold Township, N.J.; born Mary Holmes, the daughter of Joseph Holmes (1810-1897); married James L. Rue (1841-1887).
Diary containing brief, regular entries which record the comings and goings of family members, including the diarist.
In: Rue-Holmes-Meirs Family Papers.
RUNYON, D. Fitz Randolph (David Fitz Randolph), 1848-1910.
Papers, 1819-1953 (bulk 1872-1911).
1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Wholesale grocer, of New Brunswick, N.J.; married Alice Wood (1845-1896) in 1873.
Papers, 1872-1911, of D. Fitz Randolph and Alice (Wood) Runyon. The papers consist chiefly of personal correspondence between the two (including the period of their courtship when she lived near Mount Kisco in a section of Bedford, New York); some letters sent to one or both of them from other correspondents; letters which the two of them sent to their parents while in Europe in 1878; an address book of Alice W. Runyon and lectures that she gave as a member of the (New Brunswick, N.J.) Travelers' Club; various financial accounts (e.g., tithing and benevolences); a will and other estate papers of Alice W. Runyon; and miscellany. Also included are scattered papers of the couple's daughter Elizabeth (Runyon) Howe and her spouse, the Rev. Herbert Barber Howe, together with a few earlier family papers.
Included in the correspondence are letters of condolence received by D. Fitz Randolph Runyon after the death of Alice W. Runyon. Also present is a lengthy 1898 letter from Susan E. Haswell, a (Baptist?) missionary in southern Burma, concerning a Christian convert, preacher and evangelist named Ko Taw-thoon who was supported financially for many years by Runyon's church.
RUTGERS FAMILY.
Papers, 1750-1850.
ca. 1.25 cubic ft.
Most papers of Margaret S. Rutgers are interfiled chronologically with those of her spouse; some Rutgers family papers acquired later are separately housed.
Family whose members included Margaret S. (Bayard) Rutgers (d. 1849) and her spouse Gerard Rutgers (1766-1831), both of Belleville, N.J., their son Anthony Rutgers (d. 1835 or 1836), his spouse Sarah ("Sallie") Alexander (Johnson) Rutgers and the latter's second husband, the Rev. Robert Birch (1802-1842). Sarah Rutgers Birch apparently lived first in Connecticut (prior to her ca. 1824 first marriage); she then lived in Belleville, and, for a shorter period, in Poughkeepsie, New York (until her husband's death); she subsequently resided again in Belleville (until her second marriage in 1839); she lived thereafter in New Brunswick, N.J.
Family papers, including papers of Margaret S. Rutgers and her daughter-in-law Sarah A. Rutgers Birch.
The papers of Margaret S. Rutgers consist of two indexed recipe books, 1803-1847; correspondence, 1817-1848 (with gaps); an 1840 valuation detailing her estate and annual income; poetry, 1838, 1841 and 1846; and other (chiefly legal) papers. The recipe books, which were evidently kept jointly with her spouse, include recipes for food, as well as for medical and other formulas. In some instances, the individual who was the source of the recipe or formula is indicated. The correspondence relates in part to real estate in New York City and to the estate of Gerard Rutgers. The five items of poetry, composed for specific occasions, were written chiefly for family members (such as a grandchild); some of the poems are unsigned or are signed as if written by another (e.g., "Santa Claus").
Six letters, 1827, 1830 and undated, sent by Margaret S. Rutgers to her son Anthony and his family are filed with his papers.
The papers of Sarah A. Rutgers Birch include an undated document in which she records the division of her personal estate between various family members (as contemplated and partly accomplished), as well as approximately 30 letters, 1819-1847, received from women correspondents, including her sisters (or sisters-in-law) and her aunts. Among the correspondents represented are Jane (Bayard) Kirkpatrick (2 letters : 1847 and undated) and Birch's twice-married aunt, Susan (Livingston) Kean Niemcewicz (9 letters : 1832-1833), who was the American spouse of Count Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz (1758-1841) of Poland. The Niemcewicz letters were sent from New York City; other places represented in Birch's correspondence include Raleigh, North Carolina (letters from a sister), and Stratford, Connecticut (letters from three or four individuals, including at least one sister).
Several Rutgers family papers pertain to slaves or former slaves. They include an 1824 legal agreement whereby Nancy Jackson, formerly a slave of Robert Rutgers, deceased, agrees to assume the cost of supporting her twin daughters. Also present is a copy of an 1833 certificate of manumission for Robert Thompson, who had been a slave of Gerard Rutgers; this document is signed by M[argaret] S. Rutgers.
Rutgers University collection of children's literature, [ca. 1947]-[ca. 1982].
ca. 40 cubic ft. (39 cartons and 1 oversize box).
Collection of authors' papers acquired in conjunction with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, which holds related artwork.
Correspondence, literary manuscripts, galley proofs and other papers of authors of children's books, many of whom are or were residents of N.J. Women authors represented in the collection include: Judi Barrett, Robin F. Brancato, Mary Canty, Barbara Cohen, Nancy Evans Cooney, Adčle de Leeuw, Wende Devlin, Mae Freeman, Patricia Lee Gauch, Barbara Girion, Eva Grant, Vivian Grey, Janet Harris, Norma Johnston/Nicole St. John, Kathleen Krull, Wendy Lazar, Christie McFall, Bette Shula Margolis (translator/illustrator), Virginia Masterman-Smith, Elizabeth Monath, Evangeline Ness, Lillian Boyer Pennington, Ellen Raskin, Anne Rockwell, Judith St. George, Harriet May Savitz, Nelly Segal (translator), Dorothy E. Shuttlesworth, Virginia Silverstein, Jan Slepian, Carol Snyder, Fannie Steinberg, Judith Viorst, Ann Waldron and Frances W. Zweifel.
Finding aid available.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
Note: Additional papers of Barbara Cohen and Carol Snyder are also held by the repository.
RUTTKAY, Louise Kossuth.
Letters sent, 1875-1897.
.33 cubic ft. (79 items in 1 box).
Photocopies of original letters in the American Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick, N.J.
Native of Hungary; ran the household of her brother Louis Kossuth (1802-1894) while he lived in exile in Turin, Italy; returned to Hungary to live after the death of her brother.
Letters sent to Eliza Elvira Kenyon, a resident of Plainfield, N.J., beginning when the widowed Ruttkay was in her 70s. The letters concern Kossuth's exile in Italy, as well as Ruttkay's comments on the U.S., Hungary and Hungarian politics, women's rights, morality, literature and her health. Some of the letters pertain to Kenyon's niece (Nelly) who stayed in the Kossuth household while studying art.
Accompanied by photocopies of typed excerpts from the letters.