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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nellie Suydam Cowley papers
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1945, undated
    Date (bulk): 1892-1945
    Collection Number: MS 158
    Extent: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains diaries, correspondence, photographs, publications, and other material pertaining to Nellie Suydam Cowley, an average citizen who spent much of her life in Glendora, California. Her diaries and writings are based on what she considered to be her "ordinary" life and the "ordinary" events that encompassed it. While much of the material pertains to Glendora there is also material that documents her time in Arizona. Includes Cowley's diaries which depict the everyday happenings of her life in California and Arizona over a span of fifty-three years, photographs of her family, friends, residences, and travels, and her published poems and short stories. Also includes documents such as mortgage and stock certificates pertaining to her financial dealings.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Nellie Suydam Cowley papers (MS 158). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Nellie Suydam Cowley papers were acquired as a gift in 1983.

    Processing History

    Processed by Reajinae Jenlins and Aleia McDaniel, 2015.
    Processing of the Nellie Suydam Cowley papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.

    Biography

    Nellie Suydam Cowley was raised in both Southern California and Arizona. She grew up filled with a love for books that eventually led to her love of writing. Nellie chronicled her life and dreams through her diaries and letters. As one of two children, Nellie and her family moved to California in 1885 where she spent the majority of her life in the city of Glendora. Her writings are based on what she considered her "ordinary" life and the "ordinary" events that encompassed it. Cowley had dreams of becoming a writer and going to college but ultimately was never able to achieve these goals. Unable to become a writer, Nellie became a printer and in 1913 set up a printing shop in Arizona with her husband Harry Cowley. After the death of her mother, the failure of the printing shop, and the dissolution of her marriage Nellie relocated to Glendora, California. She continued to write stories, some of which were published; participate in civic events; and completed twenty-nine diaries detailing her life before dying of cancer in 1946.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains diaries, correspondence, photographs, publications, and other material pertaining to Nellie Suydam Cowley and her life in Glendora, California and Douglas, Arizona. Includes Cowley's diaries which depict the everyday happenings of her life in California and Arizona over a span of fifty three years, photographs of her family, friends, residences, and travels, and her published poems and short stories. Also includes documents such as mortgage and stock certificates pertaining to her financial dealings.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series. The series arrangement is as follows:
    • Series 1. Writings, circa 1875-1945.
    • Series 2. Photographs. 1861-1913.
    • Series 3. Financial Documents. 1886-1906.
    • Series 4. Publications. 1902-1949, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Cowley, Nellie Suydam
    Douglas (Ariz.)
    Glendora (Calif.)

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Diaries
    Photographs