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Guide to the Elizabeth Robins Papers MSS.002


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Collection processed by Janet Evander.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 21, 2022
Description is in English.

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Series I: Diaries

Scope and Contents note

The materials in Series I cover the years 1873-1952, all but the earliest years of Elizabeth Robins's long life. Most of Robins's diaries record daily life at home, but she also wrote several volumes while traveling. Notable among these are her 1880 ""Summit, Rocky Mountains"" diary, kept while visiting her father at the Little Annie Gold Mining Company, Summit, Colorado; her 1900 diary from her journey to the Klondyke to find her brother Raymond Robins, who had gone in search of gold; and her 1905-1906 Chinsegut diary, written during a visit to Raymond Robins and Margaret Dreier Robins in Florida.

These diaries are also important for tracing Robins's involvement in the women's suffrage movement. They record her involvement with the movement, especially with the Pankhursts and the WSPU. Of particular interest is a lengthy entry in which Robins describes October 10, 1912 meeting which would cause the Pethick-Lawrences to split away from the Pankhursts.

Robins often used her diaries as sources for her literary works, as evidenced by some of the annotations in the volumes. She also wrote about the books she was working on, so the diaries show some of the questions she was grappling with concerning the characters and plots of her works.

Subseries A: Diaries

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of Robins's diaries from the time she was fourteen years old (1876) to the last year of her life (1952). This subseries is remarkably complete with the exception of the 1890's.

Robins did not always write lengthy diary entries, but she wrote often, which allows one to piece together many of her activities over the years. Sometimes she would skip days of writing in her diaries, then compensate for those periods by filling in the blank pages from memory.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 1876, January-March; 1880, December-1881, January
1876 - 1881
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1880, May-August
1880
Box: 1 Folder : 3 1880, August and September

General note

"Summit Rocky Mountains"

1880
Box: 1 Folder : 4 1881, January, February and August-December
1881
Box: 1 Folder : 5 1882
1882
Box: 1 Folder : 6 1883; 1884; 1885
1883 - 1885
Box: 1 Folder : 7 1886
1886
Box: 2A Folder : 8 1887
1887
Box: 2A Folder : 9 1888, January-May
1888
Box: 2A Folder : 10 1888, June-September
1888
Box: 2A Folder : 11 1888, August

General note

Norwegian trip

1888
Box: 2A Folder : 12 1888, September-1889, January
1888 -1889
Box: 2B Folder : 13 1889-1894

General note

Occasional entries. Includes notes about "Katherine Fleets," an unfinished novel.

1889 -1894
Box: 2B Folder : 14 1889, Janurary-May
1889
Box: 2B Folder : 15 1889, June-October
1889
Box: 2B Folder : 16 1889, September
1889
Box: 2B Folder : 17 1890, January-June
1890
Box: 2B Folder : 18 1890, July-December
1890
Box: 2B Folder : 18A 1891

General note

Notes and calendar.

1891
Box: 2A Folder : 19 1892, February 20

General note

Diary pages

1892
Box: 2A Folder : 19A 1894

General note

Notes and calendar.

1894
Box: 3 Folder : 20 1894, December-1896
1894 -1896
Box: 3 Folder : 21 1894-1914

General note

Yearly entries.

1894 -1914
Box: 4 Folder : 22 1899

General note

Switzerland trip.

1899
Box: 4 Folder : 23 1900, April-November and 1901, February
1900 -1901
Box: 4 Folder : 24 1900, June
1900
Box: 4 Folder : 25 1901-1902, June
1901 -1902
Box: 5 Folder : 26 1904-1908, 1926

General note

Occasional entries.

1904 -1926
Box: 5 Folder : 27 1905, December-1906, February

General note

Chinsegut Diary.

1905 -1906
Box: 6 Folder : 1907, September-December
1907
Box: 6 Folder : 1908, February, April-December
1908
Box: 6 Folder : 1909-1910

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1909 -1910
Box: 6 Folder : 1911
1911
Box: 6 Folder : 1912
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 1913
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 1914
1914
Box: 6 Folder : 1915
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 1916
1916
Box: 6 Folder : 1917
1917
Box: 6 Folder : 1918
1918
Box: 7 Folder : 1919
1919
Box: 7 Folder : 1920

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1920
Box: 7 Folder : 1921
1921
Box: 7 Folder : 1922

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1922
Box: 7 Folder : 1923
1923
Box: 7 Folder : 1924, January, February, May-December
1924
Box: 7 Folder : 1925
1925
Box: 7 Folder : 1926

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1926
Box: 7 Folder : 1927
1927
Box: 7 Folder : 1928
1928
Box: 7 Folder : 1929
1929
Box: 7 Folder : 1920
1920
Box: 7 Folder : 1931

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1931
Box: 8 Folder : 1932

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1932
Box: 8 Folder : 1933

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1933
Box: 8 Folder : 1934
1934
Box: 8 Folder : 1935

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1935
Box: 8 Folder : 1936
1936
Box: 8 Folder : 1937
1937
Box: 8 Folder : 1938
1938
Box: 8 Folder : 1939
1939
Box: 8 Folder : 1940, January-March, June-July

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1940
Box: 8 Folder : 1940, August-October
1940
Box: 8 Folder : 1940, October-1941, February
1940 -1941
Box: 8 Folder : 1941, February-December

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1941
Box: 8 Folder : 1942, March-July

General note

Occasional entries.

1942
Box: 9 Folder : 1943

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1943
Box: 9 Folder : 1944

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1944
Box: 9 Folder : 1945

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1945
Box: 9 Folder : 1947
1947
Box: 9 Folder : 1948

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1948
Box: 9 Folder : 1949
1949
Box: 9 Folder : 1951

General note

Some materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 1.

1951
Box: 9 Folder : 1952
1952

Subseries B: Engagement Books

Scope and Contents note

While some of the engagement books in this subseries are nearly blank, others contain pages full of her notes and are helpful to use in conjunction with the diaries.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : Address Books

General note

3 volumes.

Box: 9 Folder : Theatrical Diary, 1885-1886
1885 -1886
Box: 10 Folder : 1892-1912, 1916-1920, 1922-1925

General note

30 volumes.

1891 -1925

Subseries C: Notebooks

Scope and Contents note

Subseries C contains notebooks dating back to 1873, when Robins was eleven years old. There are composition books from her time at the Putnam Female Seminary in Ohio, as well as records of books she read and a drawing book from 1879-1880. Also in this series are thirty-three volumes of small notebooks ranging in date from 1877-1940.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Compositions, 1873-1874

General note

Legal size materials removed, see Box 13, Folder 13.

1873 -1874
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Composition Book, 1874
1874
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Composition Book, 1875
1875
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Composition Book, 1881
1881
Box: 11 Folder : 5 School Copy Book

General note

Putnam Seminary.

Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Drawing Book, 1879-1880
1879 -1880
Box: 11 Folder : 7 List of Books Read, 1879-1880; Family Genealogy

General note

See back of book for genealogy.

1879 -1880
Box: 11 Folder : 8 List of Books Read, 1881-1882
1881 -1882
Box: 11 Folder : 9 "Odds and Ends"
1880 -1881?
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Notebook
n.d.
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Notebook
n.d.
Box: 12 Folder : Small Notebooks, 1877-1940

General note

35 volumes.

1877 -1940
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Composition Book, 1873-1874, n.d
1873 1874
Box: 13 Folder : 14 List of Books Read, 1895
1895
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Materials Removed from Diaries, 1911-1951
1911 -1951
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Statement about the accuracy of Elizabeth Robins' account of herself, 16 March 1895
1895
Box: 13 Folder : 3 "To G.R.P."

General note

G.R.P. is George Richmond Parks.

1912

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