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Ryan (Sallie) Diaries
mssHM 54325-54328  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Sallie Ryan diaries
    Creator: Ryan, Sallie Elizabeth Howard, 1853-1948
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 54325-54328
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1910-after 1948
    Abstract: A collection of diaries and journals of American Sallie Elizabeth (Howard) Ryan.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Sallie Ryan diaries, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Lewis Carleton Ryan, November 1979.

    Biographical / Historical

    Sallie Elizabeth (Howard) Ryan (1853-1948) was the wife of insurance agent and writer Lewis Cass Ryan, and the mother of four sons: Edward, Hal, Lewis Carleton, and Russell Ryan; the older three sons were all artists and illustrators. Sallie Ryan lived in Seattle, Washington before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1919.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 33 items including 25 volumes of diaries and journals from 1910 to 1944 kept by Sallie Ryan. They describe her life in Seattle, Washington during World War I while three sons were in the service, the death from influenza of her fourth son Russell, and her life in Los Angeles, California, after 1919. There are also 2 letters, 2 telegrams, and a biographical sketch, with photographs, of Sallie Ryan.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1985. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women -- California -- Los Angeles
    Women -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
    Women -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- United States
    Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
    Seattle (Wash.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
    Diaries -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Diaries -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- 20th century