One might assume that something as personal as a family diary would tend to be donated at the initiative of a family, rather than through any efforts of a library.
However, the following patterns suggest that collecting priorities by the Rhode Island Historical Society have strongly shaped the diary collection.
in the Manuscript Collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society Library Edited by Rick Stattler Originally compiled for a University of Rhode Island seminar in women's history with Dr. Greatly expanded with the help of Rhode Island Historical Society staff and volunteers, June 2004. This guide will certainly not replace the use of the originals, but it will allow researchers to select the diaries best suited to their needs.
, there has been increased recognition of the value of women's diaries as an important building block of our nation's history. For researchers looking for a particular sort of woman (age, location, class, ethnicity, time period), the numerous lists in the front of this guide may be of use.
These include two Jewish diarists, Marjorie Ingall (whose diary is closed until her death) and Esther (Saslaw) Flaxman and one Irish-American diarist, The remaining women who are represented in the collection are almost exclusively from old English settler stock dating back to the seventeenth century.
The first woman’s diary to arrive was Eliza Brigham’s travel journal in 1904, followed by the Eliza Allen diary in 1908.
The following persons compiled a total of 61 additional entries, mostly between 20: Robin Alario, Michael Cardin, Karen Eberhart, Andrew Kerr, Greg Mc Gurin, Lori Salotto and Rick Stattler.