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Alice Elizabeth Schall diary

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 96
The Alice Elizabeth Schall diary dates from 1 January 1880 to 31 December 1880. 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. She also remarks about her emotions and feelings of loneliness, often writing that she cried “about something” but not specifying about what. She used the back of her diary to keep track of her letters.

Dates

  • 1 January 1880-31 December 1880

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublishe manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet (/ 1 box)

Overview

Alice Elizabeth Schall was born in 1860, the daughter of John Schall, a second generation German landowner and farmer, and Matilda Ann Cunningham Schall, an Irish immigrant. She attended Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa, then moved to Coe Township near Port Byron, Illinois, to live with her family. The Alice Elizabeth Schall diary dates from 1 January 1880 to 31 December 1880. 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.

Historical Note

Alice Elizabeth Schall was born 3 August 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).

Schall attended 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 served as 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Alice Elizabeth Schall diary has been digitized and made accessible in Digital Special Collections at http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/aug_schall

Related Materials

MSS 240 Augustana College academic papers and theses (“Gifts from the Fates: The Unique Scholarship of Women’s Diaries,” Women’s Studies, Jennifer Putzi, 1992.)

Processing Information

Processed by Julia G. Westblade, 2011. Revised by Samantha Crisp, January 2016.
Title
Alice Elizabeth Schall diary, 1880.
Status
completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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