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Bertha Kate Gaddis diaries

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-047

Content Description

Includes 18 diaries written by Bertha Kate Gaddis, a long-term teacher in the Lafayette area and sister to Lella Gaddis, Indiana's first state leader of Home Demonstration. The diaries contain detailed accounts of Kate and Lella's lives, interactions, and activities of important persons at Purdue University, and events and the changing landscape in both Lafayette and the United States. Also includes the shoebox where the diaries were kept.

Acquisition Type



Donated by Miriam K. Riley Epple-Heath, June 24, 2021, who inherited the diaries. Her daughter, Joan Riley, read the diaries three times and flagged significant events. A list of the flagged dates can be found in the spreadsheet attached below.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1906-1937, 1945-1946



0.471 Cubic Feet (Two shoeboxes)