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MC 344

Driggs-Rust family. Papers of the Driggs-Rust family, 1851-1976 (inclusive), 1906-1976 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 344
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Driggs-Rust family
Title: Papers of the Driggs-Rust family, 1851-1976 (inclusive), 1906-1976 (bulk)
Date(s): 1851-1976
Date(s): 1906-1976
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, etc., of the Rust and Driggs families of Kansas, New York and Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 77-M20, 77-M77, 79-M35, 79-M286
The papers of Driggs-Rust family were given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise (Rust) Driggs in March 1977

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: April 1983
By: David Nathan

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Driggs-Rust family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Driggs-Rust family Papers, 1851-1976; item description, dates. MC 344, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Roger and James Burgess and Eliza Burgess Rust emigrated to the United States from England in the 1850s. Their descendants include Louise Rust Driggs (1912-1995), a nutritionist, magazine editor, author, and consultant, her mother Lucile Osborn Rust (1890-1976), a professor of home economics at Kansas State University and field consultant for United States occupation authorities in Germany (1949), and Driggs in-laws: Josephine Jackson Driggs (1884-1975), and Edwin L. Driggs, a civil engineer, who spent the early 20th century in the Philippines constructing waterworks and teaching at the University of the Philippines.

Scope and Contents

This collection spans four generations (see the genealogical information in #1) and consists mainly of correspondence and published articles by or about members of the Rust and Driggs families, 1906-1976. Earlier materials include copies of letters from Roger Burgess and James Burgess and Eliza (Burgess) Rust (Louise Rust Driggs's great-grandmother), who emigrated to the United States from England in the 1850s. The letters to relatives in England describe life and economic conditions in Monroe County, New York and eastern Pennsylvania. There are also poems by Roger Burgess about the Atlantic voyage and his first impressions of the New World.
The twentieth century papers are primarily the correspondence and other papers of Louise (Rust) Driggs, her mother, Lucile (Osborn) Rust, and her parents-in-law, Edwin L. Driggs and Josephine (Jackson) Driggs. There are also papers about food and home economics by Louise Rust Driggs's aunt, Inez (Osborn) Potter.
The correspondence and other papers of Lucile (Osborn) Rust (1890-1976), a professor of home economics at Kansas State University, document her work as a field consultant for the United States occupation authorities in Germany, 1949; her lecture tour as a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and New Zealand, 1952; and her involvement in Kansas women's civic groups.
The correspondence of Josephine (Jackson) Driggs (1884-1975) and Edwin L. Driggs spans the years 1906-1920. Edwin L. Driggs was a civil engineer and spent most of this period in the Philippines constructing waterworks and teaching at the University of the Philippines. The Driggs correspondence is informative on social conditions there and also describes China and Japan, which they visited several times.
The papers by or about Louise Rust Driggs (1912-1995) primarily document her career in food and nutrition as a magazine editor, author, and consultant.

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Additional Index Terms

British Americans
China--Social conditions
Cooking
East Asia--Description and travel
Family records
Germany--History--1945-1955
Home economics--Study and teaching
Japan--Social conditions
Kansas--Social life and customs
New York (State)--Economic conditions
New Zealand--Description and travel
Nutrition--Study and teaching
Pennsylvania -- Economic conditions
Philippines--Social conditions
Poetry
United States--Emigration and immigration
Burgess family
Burgess, James.
Burgess, Roger
Driggs, Edwin L.
Driggs family
Driggs, Josephine Jackson, 1884-1975
Driggs, Louise Rust, 1912-1995
Rust, Eliza Burgess, 1826-1913
Rust family
Rust, Lucile Osborn, 1890-1976

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