Sue R. Preston Diary
Scope and Content
The diary of Sue R. Preston, kept between January 7 and October 13, 1907, primarily documents the day-to-day activities of a young, middle-class woman, her family, and friends, living in Detroit, Michigan. Preston describes shopping, reading, household activities, and going to church and to the theater. She names many of the popular stage personalities, melodramas, music, and novels of the day. Descriptions include personal sightings of actresses such as Gertrude Coghlan and Julia Sanderson as they enter and exit the Temple Theater. She also repeatedly mentions the Thaw Murder Trial, the "Trial of the Century," and at one point echoes public sentiment when she writes that she hopes Harry K. Thaw will be judged innocent. Enclosed are numerous newspaper clippings of the trial, including several photographs and drawings of Evelyn Nesbit. Also featured are gossip columns reporting marriages between actresses and society millionaires and picturing a variety of famous stage personalities such as Ethel Barrymore, Bessie Wynn, and Valerie Bergere.
Beginning in October 1907, Preston's diary entries document her first few days as a nurse-in-training at Sarah Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the forerunner to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
- Preston, Sue R. (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
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Sue R. Preston was a middle-class woman born around 1885. She spent much of her youth in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived with her parents and sister, Mary. In late 1907, she enrolled as a nurse-in-training at Sarah Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the forerunner to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Following her graduation from nursing school, she continued to to work at Sarah Leigh Hospital and was employed there as late as 1930.
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The collection contains the diary of Sue R. Preston, a young middle-class woman of Detroit, Michigan and later nurse-in-training at Sarah Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, dated January 7, 1907 to October 13, 1907. Describes her daily activities in Detroit, including shopping, reading, watching her favorite stage personalities at the Temple Theatre, and following the famous Thaw Murder Trial. Enclosed are numerous newspaper clippings that pertain to the trial and theater gossip.
Source of Acquisition
The Sue R. Preston Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 1994.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Sue R. Preston Diary by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Sue R. Preston Diary was completed in July 2008.
- Sue R. Preston Diary, 1907
- Emily Bibby, Student Assistant
- 2008 (CC0 1.0)
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