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Mary R. Beard Letter
Sept. 21, 1941
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Edythe Huffman, Mar. 2013
Mary Ritter Beard, daughter of Eli F. and Narissa (Lockwood) Ritter, was born Aug. 5, 1876, in Indianapolis, IN. Her family provided her with strong ties to the Methodist Church and social activism. She entered DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN (a Methodist school) in 1893, where she met her future husband, Charles A. Beard, also a Hoosier. She was graduated in 1897, with a Ph.B. degree and taught school until their marriage in 1900. They are the co-authors of many books about history, including The Rise of American civilization (1927) and Basic history of the United States (1944). She wrote many books separately, including America through women’s eyes (1933), ISLM E161 .B42. She died Aug. 14, 1958.
Darbee, Leigh. (1994). Beard, Mary Ritter. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (p. 313). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien
“Beard, Mary Ritter”. (1949) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1916: biographical sketches of authors who published during the first century of Indiana statehood, with lists of their books. (p. 23). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. ISLI 16.810 B291I
The collection consists of a letter written by Mary K. Beard to Marguerite Anderson of the Indiana State Library, regarding research carried on by Mrs. Beard’s niece, Mrs. Russo, about Mrs. Beard’s father, Eli F. Ritter. Mrs. Beard thanks Miss Anderson for asking about biographical material about herself and her husband, Charles A. Beard, co-author of many books and mentions her new-found interest in her own ancestry. She provides information about their daughter, Miriam, also in Who’s Who and their son, William, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, himself an author and co-author, with his father, of The American Leviathan.
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Folder and Item Listing:
9-21-1941 Mary A. Beard to Marguerite Anderson, TLS
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1941
Provenance: Marguerite Anderson, 9-21-1941
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
MA BA 4-24-2013