Brand

Alice Elizabeth Schall diary

1880

MSS 96
0.5 inches (1 box)



Name of Creator(s):

Schall, Alice Elizabeth

Languages:

English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Diaries
Women

Finding aid prepared by:

Julia G. Westblade, 2011

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Custodial History
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List



CUSTODIAL HISTORY

The custodial history of this collection is unknown, although it was used as a resource in a student research paper in 1992.

 
HISTORICAL NOTE

Alice Elizabeth Schall was born August 3, 1860, the daughter of John Schall, a second generation German landowner and farmer, and Matilda Ann Cunningham Schall, an Irish immigrant.  Schall had three brothers, William (2-3 years older), Henry (1-2 years older), and John (2-3 years younger).

Shall was a student at Immaculate Conception Academy, a Catholic girls’ school in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating from the Academy, Schall went to live with her family on their farm outside Port Byron, Iowa in Coe Township.  She later became a newspaper correspondent for St. John’s Parish in Rapid City, Iowa publishing articles in the Port Byron Globe.  She became secretary and treasurer of the Alter and Rosary Society and the president of the City Beautification and Improvement Club of Port Byron.  She never married.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Alice Elizabeth Schall diary dates from January 1, 1880 to December 31, 1880.  This collection consists of one diary from 1880 and measures one half inch.  In this diary, Schall writes about the events of her everyday life and the things that are important to her.  She comments on the weather and her sleep patterns almost every day as well as letters she wrote and received, visitors, and her health.  Schall had a great talent for art, music, and literature and often comments on her drawings and music lessons.  Communication was apparently important to her because she used the back of her diary to keep track of her letters.  She writes about her emotions and feelings of loneliness, often writing that she cried “about something” but not specifying about what. 

The diary is written in chronological order from January 1, 1880 to December 31, 1880

RELATED MATERIALS

MSS240 Augustana Academic Papers and Theses
                        “Gifts from the Fates: The Unique Scholarship of Women’s Diaries,” Women’s Studies, Jennifer Putzi, 1992.

 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1

Alice Elizabeth Schall Diary, 1880


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