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Rosabelle Himes Matteson diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00389

Scope and Contents

Typed transcripts of her original diaries (at Rhode Island Historical Society Library), dated 1890-1918, containing details of her life and activities and social life in Providence (RI), including clubs, lectures, and activities at Brown University. They also document her travels after 1900 in Europe, Far East, Middle East, and Caribbean, and her final illness in 1918.

Dates of Materials

  • 1890-1918


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Rosabelle Himes Matteson was born 8 Jan 1952 in Cranston, Rhode Island. Became a mill girl at "the Print Works." While commuting by trolley met lawyer Charles Matteson who she married in 1872. They had 3 children Archibald (1873), George Arnold (1874), and Paul (1884). They lived in Providence. Charles was elected to the bench of the Supreme Court of RI 1875 and Chief Justice in 1891. He retired in 1900, after which they traveled together in Europe, Far East, Middle East, and Caribbean. She had two mastectomies in 1901 and 1903. She died in 1920.


1 boxes (.5 linear feet)


Typed transcripts of original diaries (at Rhode Island Historical Society Library), 1890-1918, containing details of life in Providence (RI), and her travels after 1900.

Related Material

Matteson Family Papers are located at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library.

Rosabelle Himes Matteson diaries
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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063