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MC 330

Rothman, Ellen K., 1950- . "Intimate acquaintance": courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900, 1980: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 330
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ellen K. Rothman, 1950-
Title: "Intimate acquaintance": courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900, 1980
Date(s): 1980
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Dissertation, "Intimate Acquaintance": Courtship and the Transition to Marriage in America, 1770-1900, by Ellen K. Rothman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 81-M150
This Ph.D. dissertation was given to the Schlesinger Library in June 1981 by Ellen K. Rothman.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1981
By: Margaret J. Green

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ellen K. Rothman is held by Ellen K. Rothman. 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:

Ellen K. Rothman "Intimate acquaintance": courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900, 1980; item description, dates. MC 330, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

"Intimate Acquaintance": Courtship and the Transition to Marriage was written by Ellen K. Rothman in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. at Brandeis University. Providing detailed descriptions of intimate relationships between women and men from 1770 to 1900, Rothman uses case studies, including some of well-known people, to illustrate different concepts of love, courtship, engagement and marriage in the United States. Exploring all phases of intimate relationships in this period, she also provides an historical context for the evolution of some of the traditional rituals and customs associated with love and marriage: e.g., the honeymoon, and wedding rings. She examines the expectations of couples as to how marriage would affect them in relation to what in fact occurred, and the extent to which these expectations were imposed by family and society.

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Additional Index Terms

Brothers and sisters
Courtship--History--19th century
Dissertations
Friendship--History--19th century
Marriage--History--19th century
Pregnancy--History--19th century
Religion--History--19th century
Single women--History--19th century
Weddings--History--19th century
Women--Social conditions
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885--Friends and associates
Grimké, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879--Friends and associates
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852--Friends and associates

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