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Papers, 1895-1983

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Margaret Ritchie, 1895-1986
Title
Papers
Dates
1895-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
EXT
Collection Number
MG211 (collection)
Summary
Correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings about Ritchie and her acquaintances, curriculum vitae, Columbia University Teachers' College master's diploma (1930), certificates of appreciation, photographs, postcards, yearbooks of the American Association of University Women and the PEO Sisterhood, World War II ration books, list of appointments, 1949-1950, and other items.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 208-885-0845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Margaret Ritchie was born in Bay City, Michigan, June 5, 1895, the daughter of John W. and Helen (White) Ritchie. She spent her early life there, graduating from Eastern High School in 1914. She received a diploma from Skidmore School in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1916, then attended Columbia University Teachers College in New York City where she received her B.S. degree in 1918 and her M.A. in 1930.

She was an assistant instructor of foods and chemistry at Columbia before joining the home economics staff at Battle Creek College in Michigan where she taught for 18 years, eventually becoming director of the home economics department. When the school closed its doors in 1938 Ritchie came to the University of Idaho as head of Home Economics. She retired as department head in 1959, but continued to teach until forced to retire because of age in 1965. She then taught at California Polytechnic College in Pomona until 1968 when she returned to Moscow to live.

She was active in university, community, and professional affairs during her 47 years in Moscow. She was a member and officer in many organizations including the Home Economics Association, Idaho Home Economics Association, American Diatetics Association, and Moscow Dieticians Group. She served on the board of Church Women United and was active in Meals on Wheels and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women and the PEO Sisterhood.

Margaret Ritchie died in Moscow on January 7, 1986, at the age of 90. Her body was cremated and the ashes sent to Bay City for burial.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Margaret Ritchie include her curriculum vitae, her M.A. diploma, certificates of appreciation, a small amount of correspondence, brochures, programs, newspaper clippings about her and people she knew, professional photographs as well an informal snapshots and a few post cards, and AAUW and PEO yearbooks. Other items include World War II ration books, a list of appointments for the years 1949 and 1950, a 7 1/2 x 11 1/2" 48 star American flag, and a lock of her baby hair.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Curriculum Vitae, etc. , 1936-1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

5 items

Diploma and certificates , 1930-1959Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

3 items

Speech delivered during Skidmore commencement week , 1916Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

1 item

Correspondence , 1930-1965Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

14 items

Receipts , 1930Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

29 items

Programs for musical events , ca. 1930Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

2 items

Clippings, Brochures, etc. , 1918-1965Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/7
Travel clippings and brochures
6 items
undated
1/8
Bay City clippings
15 items
1928-1962
1/9
Columbia University Teachers College
12 items
1918-1930
1/10
Battle Creek College
28 items
1927-1963
1/11
University of Idaho
15 items
1938-1953
1/12
International Home Economics Association, Paris
12 items
1963
1/13
Margaret Ritchie Recognition Dinner
16 items
February 23, 1965

Photographs , 1895-1983Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/14
Helen and John Ritchie
4 items
ca. 1895-1955
1/15-16
Formal portraits of Margaret Ritchie as a child
24 items
1895-1903
1/17
Formal portraits of Margaret Ritchie as an adult
9 items
1915-1965
1/18
Snapshots of Margaret Ritchie
41 items
1919-1983
1/19
Dedication of Home Economics Building
2 items
November 1952
1/20
John Harvey Kellogg and the Miami Clinic
9 items
1925-1936
1/21
Idaho and University of Idaho scenes
5 items
undated
1/22
Other photographs
6 items
undated
1/23
AAUW, Battle Creek branch, yearbooks
6 items
1932-1938
1/24
P.E.O. Sisterhood yearbooks
6 items
1941-1945
1/25
Other items
6 items
1897-1951