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Florence Riddick Boys papers

Identifier: L424

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed sketches and other writings, newspaper articles, pamphlets, correspondence, magazine books, editorials, and photographs from Florence Riddick Boys ranging from 1898 to 1982, regarding the life of Florence Riddick Boys and her husband, Samuel B. Boys, "Woman's Page" and her authorship, the Republican Party, women's suffrage, and public welfare.

There are also oversize photographs, including a 1948 portrait of Boys, a group photograph from the 1923 Indiana Republican Editorial Association banquet, and a photograph of the National Republican Committee at the White House on December 12, 1923 (OBC012).


  • 1898-1982


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

Florence Riddick Boys was born in Litchfield, Minnesota in 1873. She attended Albion College in 1891 where she met her future husband, Sam Boys. She taught English, German, and History at the high school in Menominee, Michigan after she graduated. Boys then, along with her husband, moved to South Bend, Indiana where they got married on Thanksgiving Day of 1898. They had five children. In 1904, they moved to Plymouth, Indiana where she became interested and active in child welfare, suffrage, and politics. She also became the county chairman of Woman's Francise League in the 1910s. She passed away in 1963.


1.26 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize folder, 10 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edith Boys Enos on 1991/08/02.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLI 914 B793j: A Journey in Europe by Samuel E. Boys

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/26 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/26 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid revised 2016/11/14 by Lauren Patton.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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