Preliminary Guide to the Ruth Finlay Papers, 1960-2011 (bulk 1969-2011)
The first accession of the collection comprises diaries (39 volumes) written by Ruth Finlay documenting the details of and her emotional reactions to her daily life, activities, behavior, social life, and family life between 1960 and 1994. Topics include her hospitalization, ongoing treatment for, and life following cancer (1985 and onward); her relationships with her husband, children, and grandchildren; and the death of an adult son (December 1988).
The second accession (2006-0030) comprises diaries written by Finlay between January 1995 and August 2004.
The third accession (2011-0191) comprises 12 diaries written by Finlay between September 2004 and July 2010, a wedding log book, two day minders, correspondence, and family photographs.
All accessions acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
- Collection Number
- Ruth Finlay papers
- 1960-2011, bulk 1969-2011
- Finlay, Ruth
- 6.8 Linear Feet, 300 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Ruth Finlay Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Born Ruth Ann Spencer on May 21, 1926 in Burlington, Colorado. The family lost their land in the dust bowl and relocated to Lewiston, Idaho in 1939. She married her high school sweetheart, John A. Finlay, in 1943. They later moved to South Carolina, where they spent the rest of their lives. Ruth had six sons. In 1985, she lost her larynx to cancer. She died on December 26, 2010.
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- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- Bereavement -- United States
- Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Diaries
- Domestic relations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Domestic relations -- Southern States -- History
- Family -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Family -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century
- Motherhood -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
- South Carolina -- Social life and customs
- Women -- South Carolina -- Social life and customs
- Women -- South Carolina -- Diaries
The Ruth Finlay Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as gifts in 2003, 2006, and 2011.
Processed by Ruth E. Bryan, May 2003, and Jane Metters, December 2011
Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan and Jane Metters
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.