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Mary R. Beard letter

 Collection — Folder: S0085
Identifier: S0085

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1941/09/21


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

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.

Sources: 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


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Marguerite Anderson on 1941/09/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during March 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/10.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.