A Guide to the Mrs. Reeves Catt Diaries, 1887-1918
Alice Virginia Blackburn (1855-1932), the daughter of Mary Ann Ast and William Blackburn, married businessman Reeves Catt ca. 1870 in Staunton, Virginia. The couple produced one child, Mary. Mrs. Catt was a devoted Methodist and sailed to England and France on the 1917 voyage of La Touraine.
Michael Koiner Memorial Association. A historical sketch of Michael Keinadt and Margaret Diller, his wife: The history and genealogy of their numerous posterity in the American states, up to the year 1893. (Staunton, Virginia: Stoneburner & Prufer, 1893), 147.
Two notebooks compose the Mrs. Reeves Catt Diaries, 1887-1918, which document Catt’s activities and interests as a woman at the turn of the 20th century. The notebooks primarily concern Catt’s 1917 trip to England and France on the ship La Touraine and Methodism in Texas and abroad, but also contain personal and religious notes, recipes, rosters, and proverbs, as well as loose poems, clippings and a bank note from the Corporation of Winchester, Virginia (1867).
This collection is open for research use.
Mrs. Reeves Catt Diaries, 1887-1918, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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