Digitized materials in this online collection form part of the Collection on Ellen Swallow Richards (MC-0659) in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection finding aid.

Collection scope and contents:
This collection is assembled from various documents and publications donated or located in the MIT Libraries and in the Department of Distinctive Collections. It includes both material by Ellen H. Swallow Richards and material about her, including many memorials and tributes after her death in 1911. The location of a larger set of Ellen H. Richards correspondence and papers is unknown, although there is documentation of her student years and service to Vassar in the Vassar College Archives. Information about the Women's Laboratory at MIT, 1876-1883, can be found in collection AC-0298 in the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections. Descriptions of mining summer field work with her husband, Robert Richards, can be found in the MIT Catalog, in the 1870s and 1880s, and in a collection of his papers, MC-0116. Laboratory notes for the course Industrial Water Analysis were published in 1908 and 1910 and are cataloged as part of the book collection. The journal of Louisa Hewins in box 4 includes several photographs of Ellen Richards apparently taken by her husband Robert Richards. Louisa Hewins and the Richards were neighbors in Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts, and often traveled on day trips in New England accompanied by others including Richards cousins and Louisa Hewins's brother.

1873 - 1945

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Example: The Ellen H. Richards Memorial Home Economics Calendar. American Home Economics Association., 1913. Collection on Ellen Swallow Richards (MC-0659). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections.

Repository details:
Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository https://libraries.mit.edu/distinctive-collections