Sallie Ryan Diaries: Finding Aid mssHM 54325-54328

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
October 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.

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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

Box 1

Diaries: volumes 1-8 HM 54325 1910-1924

Box 2

Volumes 9-14 HM 54325 1925-1930

Box 3

Volumes 15-21 HM 54325 1931-1937

Box 4

Volumes 22-25 HM 54325 1938-1944

Scope and Contents

Box also includes letters, telegrams, and biographical sketch (HM 54326-54328).