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Guide to the Ettie Crystal Riddell Papers, 1886-1968

Abstract

Active in Disciples of Christ in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and other states. Husband, Louis Riddell, was a minister for the denomination.

Collection contains correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials relating to Riddell and her husband, Louis Riddell. The materials document not only Riddell's personal life as the wife of a minister and her involvement in the Disciples of Christ ministry, but also the evolving role of women in American religious communities. Notebooks contain sermons that Ettie Riddell delivered to women's groups. Her diaries date chiefly from the 1930s to the 1960s, but there are also two early diaries from 1894 and 1896. Other materials, especially correspondence, clippings, and sermon notes, document the ministry of Louis Riddell and the lives of other Riddell family members.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Riddell, Ettie Crystal, 1878-1968.
Title
Ettie Crystal Riddell papers 1886-1968
Language of Material
English
Extent
10 Linear Feet, 2733 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials relating to Riddell and her husband, Louis Riddell. The materials document not only Riddell's personal life as the wife of a minister and her involvement in the Disciples of Christ ministry, but also the evolving role of women in American religious communities. Notebooks contain sermons that Ettie Riddell delivered to women's groups. Her diaries date chiefly from the 1930s to the 1960s, but there are also two early diaries from 1894 and 1896. Other materials, especially correspondence, clippings, and sermon notes, document the ministry of Louis Riddell and the lives of other Riddell family members.

A large number of the materials are annotated by Dorothy S. Bruce (now Welbon), granddaughter of Ettie Crystal Riddell and Louis D. Riddell. The materials are in original order as received; basic processing but no rearrangement was performed. Container list was created by the donor.

The list includes notations for ECR (Ettie Crystal Riddell) and LDR (Louis D. Riddell).

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Contents of the Collection

Container List

(16 boxes; 1 oversize folder)
ECR diaries, 1934, 1936-1945
Box 1
ECR diaries, 1946-1953
Box 2
ECR diaries, 1954-1959
Box 3
Box of approximately 40 postcards from ECR, LDR, family, and friends, 1907-1909, 1920s-1940s
Box 3
Manuscript and printed copy of Reminiscence, 1941

Poem written by ECR for church bulletin (January 26, 1941) on the occasion of the end of Louis D. Riddell's pastorate at the North Street Christian Church in Butler, Penn., which was from March 4, 1920 to January 26, 1941.

Box 3
Two letters from Katherine Clifford van Arsdall, first female graduate of Kentucky University, 1898 and 1908
Box 3
ECR's handwritten description of LDR's early childhood
Box 3
Notebook with notes, quotes, clippings, photos, poems, and prayers, undated

One poem is by Helen Riddell, ECR and LDR's child who died in 1928 at age 11.

Box 3
Disciples and the Church Universal, by Robert O. Fife, published by Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, Tenn.
Box 3
ECR diaries, 1960-1963, 1965
Box 4
Memorial book from ECR's funeral service
Box 4
Prayer, meditation, and history of Howard and Chariton Counties, 1893, by James M. Riddell (father of LDR)
Box 4
Photocopies of notes by LDR and ECR
Box 4
Letters to Pension Fund, 1947, 1957, 1961
Box 4
Notes from Chautauqua
Box 4
Riddell family history booklet, with photos and news clippings, including Helen Riddell's obituary, 1928
Box 5
Sermon notes by LDR, 1924, 1938, 1946-1947
Box 5
Membership and financial records for the Disciples of Christ Church, Butler, Penn., 1940s
Box 5
History of Rothville Christian Church, Missouri, 1924
Box 5
Booklet with biography of LDR
Box 5
Photograph of McLenmore Ave. Church, Memphis
Box 5
Wedding ceremony used by LDR
Box 5
Impressions from a Trip to Europe, and a poem, America for Me, by Henry Van Dyke
Box 5
Funeral service for Martha Shriver, 1939
Box 5
Sermon notes from the last service LDR preached, November 24, 1946
Box 5
Sermon notes and outlines by LDR
Box 5
Prayers by LDR
Box 5
Butler, Penn., high school graduation sermon by LDR, 1939
Box 5
News clippings about LDR sermon at Mississippi Ave. church, pre-1909
Box 5
Valentines received by LDR as a child
Box 5
Piano recital program, 1915
Box 5
Centennial announcement of Christian Church, 1809-1909 in the Endeaver Evangel
Box 5
LDR notebook of expenses and addresses, 1893
Box 5
Miscellaneous notes and prayers, 1899
Box 5
Poem by ECR, 1891
Box 5
Letters between LDR and ECR, 1894-1899, 1901-1903
Box 5
ECR expenditures, 1905, 1907
Box 5
Letter from Ethel (daughter of ECR and LDR) to ECR's brother, 1909
Box 5
Letter from LDR after his father's funeral, 1910
Box 5
Photograph of Virgie, ECR's sister, 1894
Box 5
Photograph of Riddell family, Springfield, Tenn., circa 1897
Box 5
LDR Reward of Merit card, circa 1880
Box 5
Christmas card from Grace Toof
Box 5
Nineteenth Century Club booklet, 1890
Box 5
Family photographs, 1896-1912
Box 5
The Story of My Life booklet by ECR for daughter Ethel, 1907
Box 5
ECR trip notes, 1911
Box 5
Ethel report card and records, 1912-1916
Box 5
Letters between Riddell family, 1915
Box 5
Letters from young men's class, 1914
Box 5
Piano recital program, 1912
Box 5
Incoming letters from Ethel and other family members to ECR and LDR, 1919-1927
Box 5
Correspondence, ECR, 1928-1931
Box 6
Women's Club of Butler Spring Luncheon program, 1932
Box 6
Correspondence, 1964-1936
Box 6
Birth announcement for Judith Carol Smith, 1938
Box 6
Correspondence, 1938-1944
Box 6
Postcards from Florida, undated
Box 6
Correspondence, 1945
Box 6
List of ECR and LDR Golden Wedding anniversary gifts, 1946
Box 6
Letters from ECR and LDR to Ethel, 1946
Box 6
Telegrams and lists of flowers from LDR's death, 1947
Box 6
Correspondence and condolences, 1947
Box 6
LDR checkbook record, 1947
Box 6
LDR obituary, 1947
Box 6
Correspondence, 1948-1954
Box 6
Correspondence, 1955-1964
Box 7
Tribute to ECR from her young men's class, with 1912 program from Loyal Sons banquet, 1964
Box 7
Church bulletin with poem by ECR, 1966
Box 7
Letter to ECR just prior to her death, from B.D. Phillips, 1967
Box 7
Items from ECR's death and funeral, 1967
Box 7
Photograph of Riddell family in Rothville, undated
Box 7
Photograph of ECR's class at Kentucky University, 1894
Box 7
ECR diary, 1964
Box 7
"Sunbonnet" girl postcards depicting traditional duties for the days of the week
Box 7
Notebooks with Ethel's school notes
Box 7
Writing tablet with notes by ECR on life and civilization
Box 7
Notebook with thoughts by ECR
Box 7
Folder with material on the sale of a farm and identification of various family members and friends by Dorothy Bruce
Box 7
Original 1894a diary
Box 7
Original 1894b diary
Box 7
Photocopy of 1894 diaries
Box 7
Typed copy of 1894 diaries
Box 7
Original 1896 diary
Box 7
Typed copy of 1896 diary
Box 7
ECR notes on her childhood and reflections on her life, 1931
Box 8
Congenial Study Club talk notes and draft by ECR, 1964
Box 8
A Perfect Tribute, about Abraham Lincoln, by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, 1922
Box 8
"A Vision of the Future," paper read by ECR at Christian Women's Board of Missions' 50th anniversary
Box 8
Student Handbook, Brenau College, 1942-1943
Box 8
Wednesday Morning Music Club booklet, 1930-1931
Box 8
Letters between Dorothy and Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1990s
Box 8
Photo album, inscribed McLenore Avenue Junior Endeavor Society, Memphis, 1911
Box 8
Speech, B.B. Taylor on Christian Union, 1886
Box 8
Clippings and notes by LDR on Christian Evangelist, 1896
Box 8
Photograph of LDR and his Kentucky University classmates, 1898
Box 8
Speeches, letters, and papers by ECR, 1930s and undated
Box 8
Biographies and articles on church men
Box 8
Recital programs from Teachers College, Columbia University, 1920s
Box 8
Prayer, undated
Box 8
Photographs of ECR's father, George W. Crystal, undated
Box 8
Letter to ECR from J.T. Wheeler about the death of her father, 1934
Box 8
Notebook with ECR's notes and expenses from a road trip, 1936
Box 8
ECR speech notes, 1960
Box 8
Correspondence, 1915-1922
Box 8
ECR speech, A Minister's Wife Looks at the Pulpit, given to the Ministerial Association of Pittsburgh, 1944
Box 8
Alone with God, given to LDR by his mother, 1891
Box 8
Postcards and photographs
Box 8
Church directory and bulletins, 1900s
Box 8
News clipping about LDR leaving McLemore Avenue church, 1912
Box 8
Telegram to LDR asking him to be state secretary, 1923
Box 8
Loyal Sons Bible Class banquet program, 1912
Box 8
Church activities new clippings
Box 8
List of gifts to Ethel when her child died
Box 8
Various poems, programs, stories, and lyrics
Box 8
Photographs of Pike's Peak bought by ECR and LDR on their honeymoon, 1896
Box 8
Photographs and Christmas cards from Phillips Hall
Box 8
Closing speech of Carlos P. Romulo, from Philippines Delegation to the Asian American conference, 1955
Box 8
Letters to ECR from L.G. Certhic, Asst. Secretary for Educational Services, 1961
Box 8
Postcards and cards, 1902-1910
Box 9
McLenore Avenue Christian Church bulletins, 1909
Box 9
Notes from ECR
Box 9
9 Letters from brother of Virginia Deane (ECR's mother), who was stationed at Camp Douglas and Lake Village, Ark., 1860-1865
Box 9
Letters to Mattie Deane (ECR's aunt), 1871-1902
Box 9
Issue of The Delineator: The Woman's Favorite Magazine, with fabric swatch marking ECR's wedding dress pattern, 1896
Box 9
ECR speeches and columns
Box 9
Guestbook for ECR and LDR's Golden Wedding anniversary, 1946, with insertions, 1919-1956
Box 9
Notebook with notes on developing a trained Christian young womanhood, 1929
Box 9
Family history blank book, filled in by LDR
Box 9
Genealogical notes, news clippings, and announcements
Box 9
Notebook with clippings, photos, notes on Christian marriage, 1959
Box 10
Notebook by ECR, 1964
Box 10
Copy of sermon by R.B. Willis, 1912
Box 10
Sesquicentennial issue of Crimson Rambler, 1930
Box 10
Transylvania College Bulletin, 1947
Box 10
Correspondence between ECR and Anna Belle Hamilton, 1939-1959
Box 10
Correspondence between ECR and Anna Belle Hamilton, 1960-1968
Box 11
Correspondence between ECR, LDR, and friends and family, 1907-1957
Box 11
Photographs of ECR and LDR, 1941
Box 11
Miscellaneous invitations, news clippings, and notes, 1920s-1940s
Box 11
Programs, bulletins, and clippings from various church events, 1900s
Box 12
Photograph of Hambletts, 1903
Box 12
Letters, 1985-1986
Box 12
The Minister's Wife, clipping, 1924
Box 12
Miscellaneous materials: recipes, calling cards, cards, bulletins, notes, verses, etc.
Box 12
New clippings from LDR's career, church history, and doctrine
Box 12
Notebook with ECR speech to Missionary society on responsibilities of Christian womanhood in relation to world events, 1939
Box 12
Immensee reprint, Theodore Storm, in German
Box 13
ECR diary photocopies, 1894
Box 13
Photographs of Europe trips, 1927
Box 13
Photographs of Grace Riddell in college
Box 13
Photocopies of news clippings, 1896-1941 of LDR and church news
Box 13
LDR diplomas from Normal School and Kentucky University
Box 14
Clippings saved by ECR
Box 14
Photographs churches and church groups
Box 14
Photographs from ECR and LDR last trip to Florida
Box 14
Four scrapbooks with various news clippings, music, photos, bulletins, letters, 1896 wedding announcement for ECR and LDR
Box 15-16
The Christian Guide, Nov. 8, 1895
Oversize Box 21

Historical Note

Ettie Crystal Riddell (1878-1968) was active in the Disciples of Christ in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and other states. Her husband, Louis Riddell, was a minister for the denomination.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ettie Crystal Riddell Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Ettie Crystal Riddell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1993-1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Pavla Vesela, Carrie Alexander, September 2004

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2011

Accessions 1994-0026, 1996-0113, 1997-0110, 1997-0111 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.