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Fannie Allen Diary

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SCRC 306

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Collection Summary 
Fannie Allen Diary
Collection ID
SCRC 306
De Ford, Frances Allen, 1855-1937
0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information 
Biographical Note
Fannie (Frances) Allen was born April 5, 1855. She was the daughter of Lewis Marks Allen and Miriam Arnold and sister of Amelia J. Allen. She graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1887 and opened a practice with her husband, Moses De Ford, also a physician, whom she married on June 8, 1887. Fannie practiced medicine until about 1919 when she developed hearing loss. Fannie and Moses had three children, Alice, Miriam and Allen. Fannie died January 9, 1937, at the Jewish Hospital of Philadelphia.
Description of Collection 
Leather-bound diary kept by Fannie Allen and given to her by her brother, Clarence, on her twentieth birthday. The bulk of the entries are dated between April 1875 and April 1880. Fannie’s diary chronicles her thoughts and observations during her early twenties and provides insight into her social interactions, her relationships with members of her family (including her sister, Amelia, who were both in search of a suitable husband), her ambitions to enter the medical field, her experiences working as a substitute teacher for the Hebrew Sunday School Society, as well as her numerous visits to the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The last diary entry, dated January 4, 1885, was written by her future husband, Moses De Ford, after Fannie gave him the diary to read. There are four pieces of paper tucked inside the back pocket of the diary including a Joseph Addison quote, an ad card for kid gloves, and an admission ticket for the opening of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York building at 10th and Chestnut Streets.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://temple-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?...
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Fannie Allen Diary is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], Fannie Allen Diary, SCRC 306, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Related Material
Amelia J. Allen Diary, SCRC 307, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Edwin Wolf in 1989. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in November 2017 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.
Index Terms 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Personal/Family Names: 
De Ford, France Allen, 1855-1937
De Ford, Moses
Corporate Names:
Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia (Pa.)
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish women physicians
Jews -- United States -- Diaries
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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