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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.


  • 1890-1918


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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 Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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

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