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Guide to the Margaret Ritchie Papers ; Ritchie (Margaret) Papers

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Guide to the Margaret Ritchie Papers 1895-1983

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Margaret Ritchie, 1895-1986
Dates: 1895-1983
Quantity: EXT
Abstract:Correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings about Ritchie and her acquaintances, curriculum vitae, Columbia University Teachers' College master's diploma (1930), certificates of appreciation, photographs, postcards, yearbooks of the American Association of University Women and the PEO Sisterhood, World War II ration books, list of appointments, 1949-1950, and other items.
Identification: MG211
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Scope and Content

The papers of Margaret Ritchie include her curriculum vitae, her M.A. diploma, certificates of appreciation, a small amount of correspondence, brochures, programs, newspaper clippings about her and people she knew, professional photographs as well an informal snapshots and a few post cards, and AAUW and PEO yearbooks. Other items include World War II ration books, a list of appointments for the years 1949 and 1950, a 7 1/2 x 11 1/2" 48 star American flag, and a lock of her baby hair.


Administrative/Biographical History

Margaret Ritchie was born in Bay City, Michigan, June 5, 1895, the daughter of John W. and Helen (White) Ritchie. She spent her early life there, graduating from Eastern High School in 1914. She received a diploma from Skidmore School in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1916, then attended Columbia University Teachers College in New York City where she received her B.S. degree in 1918 and her M.A. in 1930.

She was an assistant instructor of foods and chemistry at Columbia before joining the home economics staff at Battle Creek College in Michigan where she taught for 18 years, eventually becoming director of the home economics department. When the school closed its doors in 1938 Ritchie came to the University of Idaho as head of Home Economics. She retired as department head in 1959, but continued to teach until forced to retire because of age in 1965. She then taught at California Polytechnic College in Pomona until 1968 when she returned to Moscow to live.

She was active in university, community, and professional affairs during her 47 years in Moscow. She was a member and officer in many organizations including the Home Economics Association, Idaho Home Economics Association, American Diatetics Association, and Moscow Dieticians Group. She served on the board of Church Women United and was active in Meals on Wheels and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women and the PEO Sisterhood.

Margaret Ritchie died in Moscow on January 7, 1986, at the age of 90. Her body was cremated and the ashes sent to Bay City for burial.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Women

Ritchie, Margaret, 1895-1986--Archives.

University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Records and correspondence

Rationing -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Margaret Ritchie were donated to the University of Idaho Library by her estate and were delivered by Calvin Warnick in May 1989.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1/11/1Curriculum Vitae, etc. 1936-1981 5 items
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1/21/2Diploma and certificates 1930-1959 3 items
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1/31/3Speech delivered during Skidmore commencement week 1916 1 item
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1/41/4Correspondence 1930-1965 14 items
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1/51/5Receipts 1930 29 items
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1/61/6Programs for musical events ca. 1930 2 items
Clippings, Brochures, etc. 1918-1965
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1/71/7Travel clippings and brochures undated 6 items
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1/81/8Bay City clippings 1928-1962 15 items
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1/91/9Columbia University Teachers College 1918-1930 12 items
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1/101/10Battle Creek College 1927-1963 28 items
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1/111/11University of Idaho 1938-1953 15 items
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1/121/12International Home Economics Association, Paris 1963 12 items
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1/131/13Margaret Ritchie Recognition Dinner February 23, 1965 16 items
Photographs 1895-1983
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1/141/14Helen and John Ritchie ca. 1895-1955 4 items
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1/15-161/15-16Formal portraits of Margaret Ritchie as a child 1895-1903 24 items
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1/171/17Formal portraits of Margaret Ritchie as an adult 1915-1965 9 items
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1/181/18Snapshots of Margaret Ritchie 1919-1983 41 items
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1/191/19Dedication of Home Economics Building November 1952 2 items
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1/201/20John Harvey Kellogg and the Miami Clinic 1925-1936 9 items
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1/211/21Idaho and University of Idaho scenes undated 5 items
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1/221/22Other photographs undated 6 items
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1/231/23AAUW, Battle Creek branch, yearbooks 1932-1938 6 items
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1/241/24P.E.O. Sisterhood yearbooks 1941-1945 6 items
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1/251/25Other items 1897-1951 6 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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